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Kia KM1002

Tank transporter


The Kia KM1002 heavy tractor truck has a degree of off-road mobility

Entered service 2001
Configuration 8x8
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17.7 t
Maximum load 60 t
Length 9.07 m
Width 2.6 m
Height 3.47 m
Engine Hyundai D6CA diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 400 km
Gradient 28 / 60%
Side slope 20%
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording 0.76 m


   The KM1002 heavy tractor truck was developed by the Kia Motors to meet a South Korean army requirement for a heavy equipment transporter, capable of transporting the K1/K1A1 main battle tanks in all conditions. It forms part of the KM100 series of 8x8 trucks. It was reported that production of the KM100 series vehicles commenced in 2001.

   The KM1002 can also transport other armored vehicles, such as recovery vehicles and self-propelled howitzers, or large construction equipment with a maximum weight of 60 tons. Maximum load on the fifth wheel is 20 tons.

   A semitrailer, which is used in conjunction wit the Kia Motors KM1002, was developed by Rotem. Trailer has been designed to carry two lighter vehicles, such as the KIFV or M113 APCs instead of a single main battle tank. Considerable numbers of these tracked armored vehicles are in service with the ROK Army.

   The KM1002 is fitted with a double cab which provides seating for driver and five passengers in two rows of seats. Vehicle can transport entire crew of the main battle tank or self-propelled howitzer.

   Vehicle is powered by a Hyundai D6CA turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. The KM1002 has a degree of off-road mobility and climatic operational range of -32 to +50C. Two 25 ton recovery and load winches are equipped on the rear, behind the cab, giving the KM1002 the capability to pull maximum 50 tons. These are used to load disabled vehicles.


Variants of the KM100 series


   KM1001 recovery vehicle. It follows similar lines to the KM1002;

   Versions of the Kia KM100 series 8x8 trucks are used by KM-SAM Chung Koong air defense missile system for various duties. These include TEL vehicle, radar carrier and command post vehicle.


Video of the Kia KM1002 heavy equipment transporter

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