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Infantry fighting vehicle


The KIFV is well armored but lacks firepower to be used as a proper IFV

Entered service 1985
Crew 3 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12.9 t
Length 5.48 m
Width 2.84 m
Height 2.51 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine MAN D2848M diesel
Engine power 280 hp
Maximum road speed 74 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 6 m/h
Range 480 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.63 m
Trench 1.7 m
Fording Amphibious


   The KIFV (Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle) was developed by Daewoo in the middle of 1980s. The base model is also known as the K200. Over 1 000 vehicles were produced and some were exported to Malaysia.

   The KIFV is broadly similar to the YPR-765 infantry fighting vehicle developed in the United States, which in turn is based on the M113 APC.

   Vehicle is armed with one 12.7-mm machine gun and one 7.62-mm MG. There were also some KIFV variants armed with a turret-mounted cannon. Korean armored vehicle was uparmored comparing with the M113 APC and in terms of classification it is a well-armored APC rather than a true IFV.

   The KIFV has a crew of three and carries up to 9 troops, who enter and leave vehicle via the rear power operated ramp.

   Vehicle is powered by a MAN non-turbocharged engine, developing 280 hp. Despite increase in weight the KIFV retains is amphibious qualities.

   An improved K200A1 was introduced in 1994. It featured additional armor and received a turbocharged engine delivering 350 hp to keep its cross-country performance at the same level.

   A number of specialized vehicles were based on the KIFV including 82- and 120-mm mortar carriers, command vehicle, repair and recovery vehicle.




KIFV IFV with 25-mm cannon

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