Working according to its ambitious military deployment plans, Kia Motors recently engaged in an important design review of its next-gen range of military vehicles. The move has come as a result of its plan for expanding military projects, jointly invested in by the Korean military.
The company is already in the process to begin the manufacture of mid-sized standard vehicle prototypes until the end of this year. For 2021, it aims at having the Korean government test and take evaluations of these vehicles. By 2024, it hopes to achieve military deployment after all the necessary testing and standardisation procedures have been completed. The joint venture by Kia Motors and Korean military has been brought forth to replace the presently working 2.5 ton and 5 ton military standard vehicles with a stronger bulletproof vehicle weighing 5 tonnes. Kia has planned to equip the formidable new combat vehicles with all kinds of ultramodern tech from high-torque 7.0 litre diesel engine to ABS plus Anti-Spin Regulator (ABS) and satellite navigation. Enabled by Kia’s unique modular methodology, new vehicles of this style will lead to more advanced by-products with enhanced weapons systems and expertly fitted special equipment.
Its fresh concept of military all-terrain vehicles (ATV) will be materialised as a prototype by start of the next year. By making this into a multi-purpose vehicle from military to leisure, it seeks to strengthen its market position as an SUV brand. The ATV’s bare chassis style has been borrowed from the Kia Mohave SUV. Backing the advancement of Korea’s future military systems, the company is proactively indulging in research and development to look for ways that successfully merge automotive technology with military vehicles. Currently, it is working on creating a self-governing driving system which could prove helpful in the transportation of goods and other provisions. Its present research also includes an exploration into the prospective of applying hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is useful in supplying huge amounts of energy in hostile environments, to various military structures like fuel cell vehicles and backup power generators. Kia has an impressive portfolio of producing a huge selection of military vehicles for the Korean as well as foreign militaries, like its 0.25-, 1.25-, 2.5- and 5-ton vehicles. The company has manufactured a total of 140,000 combat vehicles of its nine model types and their 100 derivatives.
Two of its most noticeable creations are the BV206 all-terrain tracker and a rescue vehicle which doubles as a heavy equipment transport tractor of 2001 and weighs a total of 15 tonnes. These productions also meant that the company has created a complete segment of small to large military vehicles. The company was also responsible for producing the first multi-utility tactical vehicle in Korea, which was lighter than its previous 0.25 ton and 1.25 ton counterparts. It had the entire latest tech required for an ideal tactical vehicle, like the electric all-wheel drive system, however, Kia Mohave once again set standard by donating its engine, transmission and brake system to this vehicle. Kia has been able to undertake this project due to its extensive experience with developing a variety of automobiles, like the Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBVs). The company will develop PBVs under the ‘Plan S’, which includes the small-scale production of highly durable and specialised vehicles. The experience amassed while working with military vehicles will definitely come in handy for this project.
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