The K808 8×8 armored vehicles, Previously known as the KW2, developed by Hyundai Rotem as a private venture in 2012

Although not yet widely equipped by the Korean Army, the K808 8×8 armored vehicle has received the attention of the armies of Asian countries. It is intended to be used by rapid deployment units and operate in forward areas. A smaller 6×6 version is also being deployed, intended to be used for rear defense, and convoy protection.

The K808 8×8 armored vehicles, Previously known as the KW2, developed by Hyundai Rotem as a private venture in 2012. In 2016 these armored vehicles successfully passed final qualification tests and were approved for procurement. The first batch was delivered to the South Korean Army in 2017. Full scale production began in 2018. These new wheeled armored vehicles replace the ageing K200 series of tracked armored personnel carriers in the South Korean army service. The South Korean army plans to deploy 600 new wheeled armored vehicles, including 500 with 8×8 configuration and 100 with 6×6 configurations.

K808 APC
K808 APC

K808 of Korea has a weight of 20 tons. It has a length of 6.6 m, a width of 2.7 m, and a height of 2.1 m. Standard crew is 2 people, plus 9 to 10 people in the passenger compartment. The engine is located in the front on the left side, while the driver sits beside the engine to the right. Troops enter and exit the vehicle via a rear automatic ramp in addition to 4 roof hatches.

The K808 has an all-welded armored hull that provides protection against small-arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It can be fitted with add-on armor for a higher level of protection. It is also equipped with the NBC and automatic fire suppression systems. It is likely that front arc withstands hits from 12.7 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for protection against mine blasts.

The vehicle is provided with a remotely controlled weapon station armed with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or 12.7 mm machine gun. It can also support a two-man turret, armed with a 30 mm cannon and coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. In June 2020, Hanwha Defense was given a contract to deliver the 30 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun-Wheeled Vehicle System to the ROK military, a K808 chassis fitted with the twin 30 mm cannon turret of the K30 Biho. It has greater range than the Vulcan Air Defense System it will replace.


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