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Armored personnel carrier


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

Country of origin South Korea
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 1980s. It was adopted by the South Korean Army in 1985. The baseline model is known as the K200. Over 1 000 KIFVs were produced and some were exported to Malaysia. Currently the South Korean Army replaces these armored vehicles by the new K806 and K808 wheeled armored personnel carriers. Most KIFVs in South Korean army service will be replaced by 2020.

   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 machine gun. There were also some KIFV variants armed with a turret-mounted cannon. Korean armored vehicle was uparmored comparing with the M113 APC. However 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 comparing with the M113, the KIFV retains its amphibious capabilities.

   An improved K200A1 was introduced in 1994. It featured additional armor and received a more powerful 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.




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