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K808

Armored personnel carrier

K808

The South Korean K808 armored personnel carrier is intended to operate in forward areas

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service Expected in 2017
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 20 t
Length ~ 7.2 m
Width ~ 2.7 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine  Hyundai diesel
Engine power 420 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 8 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The K808 is a new South Korean armored personnel carrier. It was developed by Hyundai Rotem to meet requirements of the South Korean Army. Development began in 2012. The K808 has an 8x8 configuration. Previously it was known as the KW2. It was developed alongside a smaller K806 armored personnel carrier with a 6x6 configuration, which was previously known as the KW1. In 2016 these armored vehicles successfully passed final qualification tests and were approved for procurement. It is planned that the a first batch of 16 pre-production vehicles will be delivered to the South Korean Army in 2017. Full scale production could begin in 2018. These new wheeled armored vehicles will replace the ageing K200 series of tracked armored personnel carriers in the South Korean Army. Until 2020 South Korean Army plans to deploy 600 new wheeled armored vehicles, including 500 with 8x8 configuration and 100 with 6x6 configurations. It is also planned that the K808, alongside the smaller K806, will be offered for export customers.

   The K808 is intended to be used by rapid deployment units and operate in forward areas. The smaller K806 is intended to be used for defense of rear areas, protection of convoys.

   Vehicle has an all-welded steel armor hull. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is likely that front arc withstands hits from 12.7 mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for protection against mine blasts. Crew and dismounts are seated on mine protected seats. This armored vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The baseline infantry carrier is armed with a shielded 12.7 mm machine gun. By modern standards such armament is not impressive. The South Korean MoD deliberately ordered such configuration in order to reduce procurement price. However the K808 can support a remotely-controlled weapon station, or a two-man turret, armed with a 30 mm cannon, or other weapons that pack a heavier punch. So the Hyundai Rotem can arm this armored vehicles depending on customer requirements.

   The K808 accommodates up to 9 fully-equipped dismounts. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear power-operated ramp with integral doors. There are roof hatches for firing and emergency exit.

   This armored vehicle is equipped with latest technologies and driver's aids.

   The K808 armored personnel carrier is powered by a Hyundai turbocharged diesel engine, developing 420 hp. The engine is located at the front. It is mated to automatic transmission with 7 forward and 1 reverse speeds. Vehicle has an automatic driveline management system. Two front axles are steerable. The K808 is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. It has a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h. It is much faster than the previous tracked K200 armored personnel carrier, that is limited to 74 km/h. Furthermore wheeled vehicles are typically less expensive to maintain comparing with tracked ones. Though the K808 has inferior cross-country performance comparing with the previous K200 armored personnel carrier.

   Despite its bulky appearance the K808 is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets. This armored vehicle can cross rivers and other inland water obstacles. Maximum amphibious speed on water is 8 km/h. On water it is also faster than the previous K200. Though the smaller 6x6 version is not amphibious, as it is mainly intended to operate with rear echelon troops.

   The baseline vehicle is an infantry carrier. It is planned that there will be variants of the K808, such as an anti-aircraft vehicle, armed with a 30 mm cannons, and command post vehicle. Also previously Hyundai Rotem demonstrated a number of developments, including a Jupiter 120 mm fire support vehicle, 30 mm anti-aircraft vehicle and 120 mm mortar carrier.

 

Variants

 

   K806 is a smaller armored personnel carrier with a 6x6 configuration. It was developed alongside the K808 as part of the same project. Both vehicles share many of the same components.

 

 
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