The Rotem KW1
Scorpion armored personnel carrier is fully amphibious
expected in 2016
Dimensions and weight
1 x 40-mm
Maximum road speed
Amphibious speed on water
700 - 800 km
Scorpion was developed as a private venture by Rotem, to meet
the potential requirement of the South Korean army for a family of wheeled armored vehicles.
The Hyundai Rotem was competing against the
Doosan Black Fox and
MPV. The Hyundai Rotem eventually won the competition. The South Korean army plans
to deploy 600 wheeled 6x6 and 8x8 armored vehicles from 2016 until
2020. These will replace tracked
armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security
Vehicle is fitted with
remotely controlled weapon station, armed with 40-mm automatic
grenade launcher or 12.7-mm machine gun. It can also support a
two-man turret, armed with a 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm
Scorpion has an all-welded armored hull. It provides protection
against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle can
be fitted with add-on armor for a higher level of protection. It is
also equipped with NBC protection system.
seated towards the front on the right side, with the diesel power
pack to the left. The troop compartment is at the rear. It
provides seating for up to 10 fully-equipped soldiers. Troops enter
and leave the vehicle via a large power-operated ramp in the hull
rear or roof hatches.
the KW1 Scorpion was fitted with a diesel engine, developing 380 hp.
Later it was proposed with a more powerful Hyundai unit, developing 420
hp. This engine is also used on the 8x8 variant. Vehicle has an automatic
driveline management system. It has a central tyre inflation system
and is fitted with run-flat tyres. The Rotem Scorpion is fully
amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.
KW1 fire support vehicle, armed with 90-mm gun;
armored personnel carrier;
KW2 Jupiter 8x8
fire support vehicle, armed with a 120-mm gun;