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Korean Armored Fighting Vehicle (KAFV)

Following an increasing trend of having a powerful armored vehicle of worldwide markets, Daewoo Heavy Industries [DHI] has developed Korean Armored Fighting Vehicle (KAFV) by reinforcing its firing power to the standard KIFV. The KAFV, with its increased firing power and survivability, can be widely operated as an organizational equipment in the mechanized infantry and cavalry units. The KAFV 40/50 was developed indigenously by DHI and it has a 40mm grenade and a 50 caliber machine gun which is currently operated by the Korean Army.

This vehicle can transport a squad troop to the target area and it also has an all-terrain capability to fire during maneuvering and at night time. With a total combat weight of 13.9 tons including turret system, KAFV can be operated at a maximum speed of 70km per hour. Its turret is operated by a gunner and the target is observed by visible sight.

In addition, DHI developed other kinds of KAFVs mounted 25mm, 30mm and 90mm turret system through technical cooperation with the most advanced turret suppliers such as Mauser of Germany, Lockheed Martin and Cadilac Gage Textron of USA. These KAFV successfully completed their test &evaluation trials in overseas countries as well as in Korea in the year 1995, and currently draws much attention from several countries.

The KAFV-30M combat vehicle developed an uninhabited MT30K tower with a 30-mm Mauser gun (170 guns were also placed in the gun). It turned out beautifully, but at that time (the same 1980 - prototypes of the K-200 family), the remote installation was too revolutionary a decision - and, probably, not cheap. In the series, the combat vehicle went with an ordinary two-seater tower - heavier, providing a lower level of protection for the crew - but easier and at the cost of a lighter one.

The KAFV90 was an infantry fighting vehicle, or more precisely - BRM. Because, complete with a 90-mm cannon and the usual stuffing of the K200 family, there was offered a regular DO for eight people, and three embrasures on board - in general, everything is as it should be. In principle - the machine is pretty, and by today's standards, probably would have gone into series prodcuction and on sale - but at that time, South Korea did not see a place for such machines in the future battle with North Korea, and the term "low intensity conflicts" had not become so familiar. The gentlemen from Doosan DST were 30 years ahead of the time - the car was created in the framework of the topic of replacing obsolete M113 in the distant 1980s.

Based from the ROKA's K200 KIFV, Daewoo Heavy Industries [DHI] developed the Korean Armored Fighting Vehicle (KAFV) by reinforcing its firing power to the standard KIFV. The KAFV, with its increased firing power and survivability, can be widely operated as an organizational equipment in the mechanized infantry and cavalry units. The KAFV 40/50 was developed indigenously by DHI and it has a 40mm grenade and a 50 caliber machine gun which is currently operated by the Korean Army. There are many variant of this vehicle, but the most prominent one is The 90mm turret version, it was designed to provide more formidable fire against tank for protecting mechanized troop. To operate its mission efficiently in modern warfare, it can be transported by air, C-130.

However the KAFV was never mass produced and it was ultimately cancelled.




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