South Korea’s Kia Corporation unveiled two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2021 held in Abu Dhabi from 21–25 February.
Kia showcased two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at IDEX 2021, including the Light Tactical Cargo Truck (seen here). (Kia Corporation)
The company said in a statement that both the ‘Light Tactical Cargo Truck’ and ‘Bare Chassis’ concepts displayed at the event are based on a 4×4 modular platforms and can be used as mobile workshops, communication hubs, or to carry troops or cargo.
Developed by Kia in close co-operation with South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), the concepts feature independent suspension systems as well as run-flat tyres to ensure “enhanced usability in harsh environments”, said the company.
Referring to the Light Tactical Cargo Truck, Kia said that the four-seat vehicle, which also comes in an armoured version, has been equipped with a cargo box for transporting troops and/or equipment.
The modular chassis has enabled the company to offer both a standard and long wheelbase variant of the vehicle, with the unarmoured long wheelbase design featuring a superstructure that can be tailored to support different structures such as a cargo box, a mobile workshop, or a communications centre.
The vehicle, which is powered by a 225 hp Euro 5 diesel engine and features an 8-speed automatic transmission, can also carry 10 fully equipped soldiers and up to three tonnes of cargo in its rear compartment.
The company said that the truck, which also features air conditioning, a limited slip differential, and an electromagnetic interference system, “has been optimised for use by military forces by offering superior mobility, outstanding durability, and a high level of functionality”.