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K1 ARV

Armored recovery vehicle

K1 ARV

The K1 armored recovery vehicle is in service with the South Korean Army

 
 
Country of origin South Korea
Entered service 1993
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (with bridge) 51.1 t
Length 8.96 m
Width 3.6 m
Height 2.65 m
Performance
Lifting capability 25 t
Winch capacity 35 / 70 t
Towed load 70 t
Earth working capacity 170 m/h
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 871 Ka-501 diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 2.2 m

 

   The K1 Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) recovers overturned or damaged vehicle on the battlefield. It also provides maintenance service or tows them to maintenance units. It was developed by Hyundai Rotem to meet requirements of the South Korean Army. Development commenced in the late 1980s and was assisted by the Rheinmetall of Germany. The K1 ARV entered service in 1993. It has been offered for export customers, however there were no orders so far.

   The K1 ARV is based on a modified K1 main battle tank chassis. It is fitted with a crane, winch and front-mounted dozer. Some of its components are from the German Buffel armored recovery vehicle.

   Crane of this armored recovery vehicle is hydraulically operated and can lift up to 25 t, which is adequate for most missions. Exceeding the permissible load results in an automatic cut-off. The crane is controlled by a joystick. It is capable of lifting the turret of the K1 main battle tank. It is also used to lift powerpack of the MBT. Furthermore if repairs are required to a vehicle's suspension, the crane can raise the front of back of the vehicle to allow access to the damaged system.

   This armored recovery vehicle is also fitted with a dual-capstan winch with a capacity of 35 t, which can be increased to 70 t with a guide pulley. The winch has a cable length of 150 m and recovers swamped or damaged vehicles.

   The front-mounted dozer is hydraulically operated. It is used to stabilize the vehicle during craning and winching operations. It is also used for earth-moving works with capacity of 170 m/h.

   The K1 ARV has mounts to carry a complete engine and transmission assembly of the M48, K1, K1A1, and K2 Black Panther main battle tanks or K55 and K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers. This armored recovery vehicle also carries welding equipment. Additionally it cam be fitted with auxiliary power unit, which allows to carry out repairs when the main engine is turned off.

   Armor of this ARV provides high level of protection for its crew. Vehicle is also equipped with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Armament of this armored recovery vehicle is limited to a single roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun, which is used for self-defense only. This machine gun is operated by the vehicle commander.

   The K1 ARV has a crew of four, including commander, driver and two handlers.

   Vehicle is powered by a German MTU MB 871 Ka-501 diesel engine, developing 1 200 horsepower. This engine is license-produced in South Korea. The K1 ARV has a fully-automatic transmission with 4-forward and 2-reverse gears. It has a torsion bar hydropneumatic suspension, which is adjusted from the drivers seat to suit terrain conditions. After short preparation the K1 ARV can ford water obstacles up to 2.2 m deep. It has the same mobility as the K1 main battle tank.

 

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