The Armed Forces of Ukraine are adopting a KIA KM450 jeep
The Ukrainian army is adopting a localized South Korean KIA KM450, which in turn is a licensed version of the American Kaiser Jeep M715 during the Vietnam War.
These vehicles will serve as a base for command and staff vehicles (CSM) type K1450-06, which are to replace in the Armed Forces of Ukraine KSHM R-125 on the basis of UAZ-3151.
Note that the prospects for the arrival of the KIA KM450 were officially announced in 2019. The other day, the Commander of the Communications and Cyber Security Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Major General Yevhen Stepanenko, announced that by the end of 2021 it is planned to conduct state tests of KShM K-1450-05 (on Renault Midlum chassis) and K-1450-06 (KIA KM450) on modern car base.
LLC “Telekart-Prilad” (Odessa) is engaged in development and production of KShM.
At the same time, the KIA KM450 chassis was promoted by Bogdan-Motors in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Cars called Bohdan KM450 were to be assembled at the company’s now-liquidated Cherkasy car plant. At the same time, it should be noted that most of the funds of the former car plant were transferred to Protect Engineering LLC, which offers the same line of cars, including models formerly known as Bogdan-2251, Bogdan-2351, Bogdan-3351, Bogdan-3355 and Bogdan-KM-450 .
The original Kaiser Jeep M715, based on the civilian Jeep Gladiator, was adopted by US troops in 1965 to replace the M37. From 1967 to 1969, more than 33,000 cars were produced.
In the mid-1960s, KIA Motors began licensed production of the American M715 pickup. In 1998, a more modern version called the KM450 was developed. The car was adopted by the army and exported. The design of the KM450 is very similar to the M715. The machine is used to tow artillery and mortars.
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