SEOUL, Apr. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Some South Korean military units are operating newly developed small tactical vehicles, modeled after the Humvee, in a field operation test, the nation’s arms procurement agency said Wednesday.
Five types of indigenous multipurpose wheeled vehicles have been delivered to such forward-deployed units as the Army’s 12th Division and the Marine Corps’ 2nd Division since January for a four-month test run before mass production, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
The vehicles are designed to replace the military’s aged K-131 and K-311A1 vehicles.
The basic model has a maximum speed of 135 kilometers per hour.
“They have superb mobility in unpaved mountainous territory” in addition to various devices for drivers including automatic transmission, GPS and rear-view camera, said the DAPA.
It also expects the export of the vehicles, saying the fresh assets are competitive in performance for the price.
“Small-sized tactical vehicles are expected to greatly improve the power of combat teams,” Brig. Gen. Um Dong-hwan, a senior DAPA, official said.