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South Korea to Export Military Vehicles to Peru for First Time

South Korea has agreed to export military vehicles to Peru for the first time as part of a deal worth 82.8 billion won ($60 million).

Under the agreement, Seoul-based STX Corporation will transfer 30 K808 wheeled armored vehicles to the Peruvian Army by 2025 to support transport and reconnaissance missions.

The deal could be expanded to cover an additional 90 armored vehicles, according to the company.

“This strategic partnership agreement is significant as it expands our presence in the land defense market, following our expansion in the naval defense market,” STX chief executive Park Sang-jun said.

Last month, South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries was also selected to construct four warships for the Peruvian Navy for 640.6 billion won ($470 million).

Advanced Mobility

Developed by Hyundai Rotem, the K808 is an eight-wheeled armored vehicle capable of carrying 10 infantry soldiers and two crew members.

It can reach speeds up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour on roads and 8 kilometers (5 miles) per hour in water thanks to its 420-horsepower engine.

It can also be equipped with either a K4 high-speed automatic grenade launcher or a K6 12.7-millimeter heavy machine gun.

One of the unique features of the K808 is its ability to continue operating even after its tires are punctured. It has a system that automatically adjusts tire pressure based on ground contact.

Once delivered, the armored vehicles are expected to provide advanced mobility and protection to Peruvian soldiers.

Vehicle Assembly Line

In addition to supplying armored vehicles, STX Corporation will also help Peru establish its own military vehicle assembly plant.

The South Korean firm will facilitate technology transfer and share its expertise in developing cutting-edge combat vehicles.

The assembly line will be built inside FAME headquarters and is expected to produce wheeled vehicles for a wide range of military missions.

“This agreement reaffirms our total commitment to national security, defense, and sovereignty, as well as the promotion of our military industry,” Peruvian President Dina Boluarte said.

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