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South Korea completes development of K808 command post variant

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<p>South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 25 January that Hyundai Rotem has completed development of a command post variant of its K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicle for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). </p>
<div class=”container”> <img src=”[images%7COpenAccessDataProvider]8d1b997b-e2dc-4f9d-bcf0-f0a8fbece683?sfvrsn=9fc7d665_2″ alt=”South Korea’s DAPA announced on 25 January that development of a command post variant of the Hyundai Rotem K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicle has been completed. (DAPA)”> <p class=”text-body text-sm-center text-muted small”>South Korea’s DAPA announced on 25 January that development of a command post variant of the Hyundai Rotem K808 wheeled armoured combat vehicle has been completed. (DAPA)</p></div>
<p>The agency said in a statement that the new vehicle, development of which began in 2017, is aimed at replacing “tent-type field command posts that take too long to install and dismantle, and cannot protect against enemy firearms, artillery, and chemical threats”.</p>
<p>The new K808 variant, which is operated by a two-person crew with accommodation for up to eight additional personnel, is equipped with a positive pressure system to protect against nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) agents, and fitted with a protected weapon station.</p>
<p>DAPA said that 98% of components of this variant have been sourced locally, adding that a contract to begin mass production of the new armoured vehicle is expected to be signed in 2022. </p>
<p>No details were provided about how many of these vehicles are expected to be ordered by the RoKA.</p>
<p>The standard K808, which alongside the K806 has been in mass production since 2017, is powered by a 420 hp Hyundai Motor Company diesel engine that provides a maximum road speed of 100 km/h via a seven-speed automatic transmission. </p>
<p>The standard K808 features STANAG Level 4 protection on the frontal arc and Level 3–4 protection on its flanks with NBC capability. It is fully amphibious, with a pair of rear-mounted waterjets that enable it to swim at speeds of up to 8 km/h.</p>


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