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Kia Medium Tactical Vehicle

Armored general utility truck


The Kia MTV armored truck is intended for operation in the frontline

Country of origin South Korea
Entered service ?
Configuration 6x6
Cab seating 1 + 1/2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight (empty) 13.5 t
Payload capacity 3 t
Length 8.8 m
Width 2.6 m
Height 3.2 m
Engine diesel
Engine power 380 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 20%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 1 m
Fording 0.76 m


   The new Kia armored truck is a member of the Kia Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) family. Currently this truck is available in 6x6 configuration. However it seems that a 4x4 and 8x8 versions are being developed. It is a next-generation vehicle, that might enter service with the South Korean army. It seems that this armored truck is also being proposed for export customers.

   The Kia MTV armored truck is intended for operation in frontline. Also it improves support of rapid deployment units. Vehicle has modular design and can be configured to suit many roles.

   Armored cab and body protects crew and cargo from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Some level of protection is provided against mine blasts. Vehicle also has an NBC protection system.

   The cab provides seating for the driver and one or two passengers. Enclosed cargo area of the Kia MTV with 6x6 configuration accommodates up to 24 fully-equipped troops. Troops are seated on collapsible benches. There are a number of firing ports provided for the troops. Soldiers enter and leave the vehicle via a rear power-operated door. Vehicle can also carry 3 t of cargo over rough terrain. It is likely that it can carry more cargo on hard surface roads.

   The Kia MTV can be configured as a troop or cargo carrier, armored ambulance, command post vehicle or signals vehicle.

   This armored truck uses a number of commercially available automotive components. Vehicle is powered by a 10-liter turbocharged diesel engine, developing 380 hp. Later a 420 hp engine was introduced. It complies with EURO 5 emission requirements. Engine is mated to an automatic transmission. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel drive. This armored truck is fitted with central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. Vehicle can continue driving on a damaged tires up to a distance of 48 km and up to speeds of 48 km/h.

   The Kia MTV can be airlifted by Airbus A400M Atlas or Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military cargo aircraft.




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