CBRNE & EOD Defence

DX Korea 2018: RoKA unveils new CBRN reconnaissance vehicles

13 September 2018

The RoKA's latest CBRN Recon Vehicle II seen on display at DX Korea 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has unveiled its enhanced chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition held from 12-16 September.

Fielded in 2017, the service’s latest CBRN Recon Vehicle II is an armoured CBRN reconnaissance vehicle designed to detect and rapidly identify nuclear and chemical warfare agents, and provide early warning of dangers to friendly units in the same area of operations.

The CBRN Recon Vehicle II is manufactured by South Korean defence prime Hanwha Land Systems, and was derived from the improved K200A1 Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle (KIFV) chassis. It is essentially an updated and networked version of the earlier K216 NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBCRV), which is based on the first-generation K200 KIFV chassis. The latest vehicle is equipped with newer and more effective samplers and sensors, data analysis and processing systems, as well as a battlefield management system (BMS).

The 13-tonne vehicle is operated by a four-person crew inside a 5.4 m long, 3.1 m wide, and 2.1 m high hull that can protect them from small arms fire; air-blast effects; and nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) agents. It is powered by a 350hp diesel engine that provides a maximum road speed and range of 70 km/h and 480 km, respectively, when using the standard 400-litre fuel tank.

The vehicle is expected to operate close to the forward edge of the battlespace behind the RoKA’s tank and armoured fighting vehicle units, so it is armed with a M60 7.62 mm machine gun (MG) and a K6 12.7 mm heavy MG for self-defence.

Its primary capabilities reside in its NBC detection suite, which includes equipment such a soil and air sampling system, chemical sampling tools, contamination marking set, mass spectrometer, radiological detection system, warfare agent indication system, and weather observation system.

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