The KM900 is designed for military and paramilitary operations, where some form of mobile armored protection is required.
The South Korean military operates about 400 KM-900s. It is one of the most popular wheeled APCs of the Korean Army today. The vehicle was built under licence from the the Fiat 6614. Production started in 1977 at Asia Motors and stopped in 1985.
This is a simple and reliable 4×4 APC, with a weight of about 8.5 tons, a length of 5.86 m, a width of 2.5 m, and a height of 1.78 m.
The KM900 is designed for military and paramilitary operations, where some form of mobile armored protection is required. The South Korean Army uses these armored vehicles for defense of rear areas, protection of convoys and so on. Due to their limited armor protection and cross-country mobility the KM900 series armored vehicles were not designed to operate in the forward areas.
For the essentials, the prismatic hull is made of welded steel armor, providing only basic protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters on all angles. The crew of 10-12 comprised a driver seated at the front-left alongside the right side engine compartment and transmission, while the commander is seated behind in a cupola.
Placed in the center, it has a swinging arm for the 12.7mm heavy MG or 7.62-mm machine gun. Behind is located the troop compartment for 8-10 men seated on folding benches, which can fire on the move thanks to pistol ports with vision blocks and exit the vehicle via a rear powered ramp. In addition there is a left side door, and two roof hatches.
For mobility, the KM900 relies on an IVECO model 8062.24 delivering 160 hp. It can reach a top speed of 100 km/h on road, 4.5 km/h when swimming and an operational range of 700 km. Indeed the KM900 is fully amphibious without preparation and propulsion is provided by the road wheels.