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Poland purchases light reconnaissance vehicles in EUR 270 million deal

By Defence Industry Europe

On August 14, the Polish Armament Agency has finalized a contract with a consortium of the country's defense industry companies, consisting of the Polish Armament Group (PGZ) and Rosomak, for the acquisition of "several hundreds" of light reconnaissance vehicles based on the Kia Motors KLTV Raycolt 4×4 off-road vehicles.

Valued at PLN 1.2 billion (approximately EUR 270 million), the agreement is set to be executed between 2024 and 2030. While the precise number of vehicles ordered remains undisclosed, our sources suggest the contract covers almost 400 vehicles.

 

 

The deal also entails an industry collaboration between South Korean company Kia Motors and Polish defence firms, aimed at establishing the capability for licensed production, maintenance, service, and repairs of vehicles in Poland.

The basis of the light reconnaissance vehicle will be the latest version of the South Korean light off-road vehicle, Kia Motors KLTV Raycolt 4×4, which has been in development since 2013. This vehicle, introduced into the equipment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Korea in 2016, has a gross vehicle weight of 5700 kg (in the basic version) and can carry up to eight soldiers (1+7).

 

 

Poland’s plans entail the procurement of up to 3,000 KLTVs in various versions and configurations, replacing the Polish Armed Forces’ current UAZ-469 and Honker vehicles. Initially, the base vehicles will be shipped to Poland from the Republic of Korea’s production line. Subsequently, at the Rosomak facilities, the vehicles will undergo modifications and equipment adjustments based on specific specialist configurations. The long-term vision involves technology transfer, ultimately enabling full-scale production of KLTV vehicles by Polish industry.

 

 

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