• The 10th Infantry Division conducted a blessing and send off ceremony on Monday for its brand-new Kia KM450 ¼ ton military trucks and KM451 field ambulances
  • The 80 trucks and ambulances started arriving August 31, with the majority arriving on September 2
  • The KM450 is a light all-terrain military truck and capable of accommodating 12 to 13 troops

MANILA, Philippines – The military power of the Philippine Army’s 10th infantry Division will gain a good boost after receiving 80 brand new military vehicles.

The 10th Infantry Division conducted a blessing and send off ceremony on Monday for its brand-new Kia KM450 ¼ ton military trucks and KM451 field ambulances.

The 10th Infantry Division is based in Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Brgy Tuboran, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.

“These trucks will be distributed to the battalions,” said Captain Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division.

An article by Philippine Information Agency said the 80 trucks and ambulances started arriving August 31, with the majority arriving on September 2.

Made by South Korean automobile firm Kia Motors, the KM450 is a light all-terrain military truck and capable of accommodating 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.

“This KM450 is 1 to 1 ¼ ton cargo truck was developed in Korea for the transportation of cargo and soldiers. It has been renovated with new functions that include a high horsepower engine and power train, and a new ergonomics design that allows for the convenience and safety of the operation devices and instruments,” KIA Military Vehicles website said.

The acquisition of the trucks is part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization program. The new military vehicles boost the military power of the army and will provide mobility to troops in combat operations.

The trucks 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.