Kia Motors Corporation revealed new plans for the development of a new standard platform for next-generation military and combat vehicles,this will add strength in capabilities for the next military projects.
Kia will start manufacturing prototypes within this year and take the test evaluations by the Korean government in 2021 according to its plans. The company’s goal is military deployment from 2024, following standardization and initial production tests.
This mid-sized standard vehicle development project is the result of a joint investment by the Korean military and Kia. The large-scale program will see the replacement of 2.5-ton and 5-ton military standard vehicles currently in operation and the development of new 5-ton bulletproof vehicles.
The standard vehicles will be equipped with a range of the latest technologies, including high-torque 7.0-liter diesel engines and automatic transmission systems, ABS and Anti-Spin Regulator (ASR), Rear Parking Assist, Around View Monitor, satellite navigation and hot wire seats.