Kia showcases defence solutions

Kia shows off tactical defence at international exhibition

Reuben Van Niekerk
Kia military

Kia corporation has showcased two light tactical defence vehicle concepts at the 2021 International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in the UAE), the largest international defence exhibition in the Middle East and Africa.


Kia has been supplying its light tactical vehicles to the South Korean army since 2016, becoming the standard bearer for vehicle quality in the country’s military operation system. The new four-seater Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept displayed at IDEX adopts a bold, commanding design and has been equipped with a cargo container for transporting troops alongside diverse armoury. Kia expects the added visual appeal and usability to stimulate further demand for its military vehicles.


Together with the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept at IDEX, displayed the vehicle’s bare chassis. With the body removed, the bare chassis showcases the truck’s powertrain and basic frame, providing a glimpse of the platforms scalability as a basis for a range of armoured vehicles


Kia Light Tactical Cargo Truck

Kia has developed the Light Tactical Cargo Truck concept in close cooperation with the Defence Acquisition Program Administration. The vehicle’s modular chassis has enabled Kia to offer standard and long-wheel base variants alongside armoured and unarmoured versions for purposes including tactical commanding and reconnaissance, weapon instalment, target observation and multi-purpose roles.


Differentiated by its unique design, the four-person Light Tactical Cargo Truck has been optimised for use by military forces by offering superior mobility, outstanding durability and a high level of functionality. The unarmoured long wheel base design features a superstructure that can be tailored to underpin different structures such as a cargo box, a mobile workshop and a communications centre. The vehicle can carry ten fully armed soldiers and up to three tons of cargo in the vehicles rear compartment.


Under the bonnet is a 225 horsepower Euro 5 diesel engine, with power sent to all four wheels via a state of the art eight-speed automatic transmission. The truck also features independent suspension, air conditioning, a limited-slip differential, run flat tyres and an electro magnetic interference system.