MANILA, -- South Korean automaker Kia Motors is looking to expand its presence in the Philippine defence market through potential sales of its Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) and a possible local production programme in collaboration with domestic industry. Alan Lee, the assistant manager of Kia's defence export division, told IHS Jane's at the Asian Defence and Security 2016 (ADAS 2016) exhibition in Manila on 29 September that the company has already delivered to the Philippine Army (PA) more than 2,000 military trucks over the past decade, with final batches of vehicles inducted by the service earlier this year. Around 1,800 of these platforms were variations of Kia's 1.25-ton KM450 (4x4) truck, with the majority of the remainder its 2.5-ton KM250 (6x6) truck. The PA has also taken delivery of around 20 five-ton KM500 (6x6) trucks. Kia is looking at expanding its presence in the Philippines with the Light Tactical Vehicle, displayed here at IDEX 2015. (IHS/Patrick Allen) Kia is looking at expanding its presence in the Philippines with the Light Tactical Vehicle, displayed here at IDEX 2015. (IHS/Patrick Allen) Lee said the next phase of Kia's collaboration with the PA could feature a programme centred on the LTV. Lee said Kia began production of the LTV in 2016 to supply the vehicle to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA), which is understood to have ordered several hundred units. The basic design of the LTV gives the 4x4 vehicle a gross weight of 5.7 tons and it is available in both armoured and soft-skin configurations. The vehicle was designed by Kia to provide capabilities including enhanced manoeuvrability, survivability, and supportability. Lee added that Kia is now promoting the vehicle to the PA to meet its tactical mobility capability requirements. He added that while preliminary discussions with the army had taken place, the requirement has yet to be documented through a formal request for information or proposals.
KIA Motors 4x4 Light Tactical Vehicle.