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Rotem KW1 Scorpion

Armored personnel carrier

Rotem KW1 Scorpion

The Rotem KW1 Scorpion armored personnel carrier is fully amphibious

Entered service Expected in 2017
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (combat) 16 t
Length 6.6 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 2.1 m
Grenade launchers 1 x 40-mm
Engine Hyundai diesel
Engine power 380 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 11 km/h
Range 700 - 800 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 1.5 m
Fording Amphibious


   The KW1 Scorpion was developed as a private venture by Rotem, to meet a requirement of the South Korean Army for a family of wheeled armored vehicles. The KW1 with 6x6 configuration was developed alongside a larger KW2 with 8x8 configuration. The Hyundai Rotem was competing against Doosan Black Fox and Samsung Techwin MPV armored vehicles. The Hyundai Rotem eventually won the competition. A slightly modified form of the KW1 Scorpion was adopted as a K806, while the KW2 with 8x8 configuration was adopted as a K808. The South Korean Army plans to deploy a total of 100 K806s and further 500 K808s. It is planned that a first small batch of pre-production vehicles will be delivered to the South Korean Army in 2017. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2020. These new armored personnel carriers will replace the older tracked K200 series armored vehicles in the rapid deployment and internal security roles. The KW1 Scorpion in its original form was proposed for export customers, but received no production orders.

   The KW1 Scoprion was fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher or 12.7-mm machine gun. It could also support a two-man turret, armed with a 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The KW1 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.

   Driver is 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.

   Initially 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.




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   KW2 8x8 armored personnel carrier. Its slightly modified form was adopted by the South Korean Army as the K808;

   KW2 Jupiter 8x8 fire support vehicle, armed with a 120-mm gun;

   KW2 30-mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, based on the 8x8 chassis. It is armed with two 30-mm rapid firing cannons;

   KW2 120-mm mortar carrier, based on the 8x8 chassis.


Rotem KW1 Scorpion

Rotem KW1 Scorpion

Rotem KW1 Scorpion

Rotem KW1 Scorpion

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