Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division today conducts a blessing and send off ceremony for its brand-new Kia KM450 ¼ ton military trucks and KM451 field ambulances. 10ID is based in Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Brgy Tuboran, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.
“These trucks will be distributed to the battalions,” Captain Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division said. Approximately 80 trucks and ambulances started arriving August 31 with the majority arrived September 2.
The KM450 made by South Korean automobile firm Kia Motors is a light all-terrain military truck which can accommodate 12 to 13 troops. The truck is a modern license-produced version of the US Army’s M715 truck. The KM450 is also used by the South Korean Army.
The acquisition of the trucks is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program, aside from providing mobility to troops in combat operations they can also be used in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
The AFP ordered a total of 717 Kia KM-450 trucks worth PhP1.937 billion to increase the mobility of Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
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