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Kia KM420

Light utility vehicle

Kia KM420

The Kia KM420 is the standard light utility vehicle with the South Korean Army

 
 
Entered service 1997
Configuration 4x4
Cab seating 1 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (curb) 1.57 t
Maximum load 540 kg
Length 4 m
Width 1.75 m
Height 1.9 m
Mobility
Engine FE-DOHC petrol / RF-TCI diesel
Engine power 139 / 91 hp
Maximum road speed 130 / 115 km/h
Range 480 / 550 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.4 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 0.5 m

 

   The KM420 series of light military vehicles was developed in South Korea by Kia Motors. It a successor to the previous KM410, but is slightly bigger and heavier. It entered service with the South Korean Army in 1997 and is now the standard light utility vehicle. It replaced the KM410 and assorted Nissan and Toyota designs. Kia Motors produced over 23 000 of these light military vehicles. A small number of them have been exported. It is also available for civil customers as the Kia Retona.

   This 4x4 military vehicle is based on the civilian Kia Sportage. The KM420 is a baseline troop/cargo carrier. It has a maximum payload capacity is 540 kg on highways and 360 kg on cross-country terrain. It can tow light trailers or artillery pieces. The Kia KM420 series vehicles are usually fitted with a canvas soft top.

   This light military vehicle accommodates driver and five passengers. Four passengers are seated in the back. The rear seats fold up, to make room for cargo. A steel rear door makes entry and exit easier.

   The KM420 series vehicles are available with petrol or diesel engine. The FE-DOHC 2-liter petrol engine develops 139 hp, while the RF-TCI 2-liter turbocharged diesel develops 91 hp. Both engines were developed by Kia Motors. Auto-locking hubs allow on-the-fly shifting between 4x2 and 4x4 drive at speeds up to 60 km/h. This military vehicle features a sturdy full grille guard to protect the front from damage. A spare wheel is mounted on the rear door. A deep wading kit is available as an option.

 

Variants

 

   Kia KM421 NBC reconnaissance vehicle;

   Kia KM422 and KM423 TOW anti-tank missile carriers;

   Kia KM424 106-mm recoilless rifle carrier;

   Kia KM426 weapon carrier, armed with a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.

 

Video of the Kia KM420 light utility vehicle

 

 
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