Kia Motors Corporation has reportedly donated three units of its Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) to the Philippine Army. The donation will allow evaluation of the said LTVs, MaxDefense Philippines said.
“They were said to be donated by KIA to the Philippine Army, to allow its evaluation,” MaxDefense said.
“But these vehicles remained in Batangas Port as the Army has not paid for the Customs duties for these 3 vehicles,” it added. “And since Army Day is coming, the Army requested Customs to release at least 1 vehicle for display and to join the parade, and will be returned to Customs afterwards until the Army pays its tax dues.”
MaxDefense previously said the Philippine Army is scheduled to procure around 200 Light Tactical Vehicles worth PHP4 billion as part of their Horizon 2 modernization phase.
The 3 LTVs were delivered along with the ordered military trucks from Kia.
The Department of National Defense (DND) recently purchased 227 units of KM250 2 1/2 ton truck modified as troop carrier and 10 KM250 2 1/2 ton trucks modified as wrecker for Philippine Army and Philippine Marines from Kia through Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).
Also purchased were 108 KM450 1 1/4 ton trucks modified as troop carrier for Philippine Marines.
This is not the first time the Philippines purchased Kia military trucks under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) modernization.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Maxdefense/photos/a.214163865420945.1073741835.117625771741422/684049858432341/; http://dnd.gov.ph/transparency/procurement/DND_BAC/2017/NTP/NTP-2%201-2%20ton%20Truck.pdf; http://dnd.gov.ph/transparency/procurement/DND_BAC/2017/NTP/NTP-1%201-4%20ton%20Truck.pdf