As well as producing cars Kia is a longtime supplier of vehicles to the military.
The company has produced a range of vehicles for the Korean and overseas military, including 0.25-, 1.25-, 2.5- and 5-tonne vehicles.
To-date it has supplied nine model types and 100 derivatives, a combined total of 140,000 military vehicles.
Kia has just revealed plans to develop a new, standardised platform for next-generation military vehicles.
It will start building prototypes of mid-sized standard vehicles before the end of the year for evaluation by the Korean Government in 2021.
This project is the result of joint investment by the Korean military and Kia Motors.
The large-scale program will see the replacement of 2.5-tonne and 5-tonne military standard vehicles currently in operation, and the development of new 5-tonne bulletproof vehicles.
The standard vehicles will be equipped with a range of the latest commercial technologies, including high-torque 7.0-litre diesel engines and automatic transmission systems, ABS and Anti-Spin Regulator (ASR), Rear Parking Assist, Around View Monitor, satellite navigation and hot wire seats.
Kia’s modular approach to developing new vehicles on the platform will enable the development of other derivatives in future, such as vehicles equipped with a range of weapons systems, and those designed with more specialised specifications and technologies.
The company has developed a conceptual brief for its new military All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and plans to introduce a prototype early next year.
The developed ATVs will not only be deployed for military purposes, but will also be used in various fields, such as industrial and leisure sectors, drawing on bare chassis from the robust Kia Mohave SUV.
And, here’s the best bit, Kia plans to use the technology and know-how from military vehicles to improve the durability of its road-going SUVs.
What’s more, it’s developing autonomous driving technology for military vehicles which could assist with delivering supplies.
The company is also exploring the potential for hydrogen fuel cell technology across diverse military applications, including fuel cell vehicles and emergency power generators.
Fuel cell technology is considered suitable for future military vehicles as it can supply large amounts of electricity in combat environments.
The company produced the BV206 all-terrain tracked carrier.
And in 2001, it developed a 15-tonne rescue vehicle and heavy equipment transport tractor, establishing a full line-up production system for military vehicles ranging from small to large segments.
Kia also created Korea’s first multi-purpose tactical vehicle, a light tactical vehicle replacing existing 0.25-tonne and 1.25-tonne vehicles.
The vehicle was equipped with the robust engine, automatic transmission and brake system from the Kia Mohave, and also adopted the latest commercial technologies and military special specifications, including an electronic four-wheel drive system.