Daewoo K-10 FAASV

     Notes:  The Daewoo FAASV Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle) uses the chassis of a Korean self-propelled AA gun called the Biho to produce an armored ammunition support vehicle for field howitzers and self-propelled howitzers.  In concept, it is very much like the US M-992 FAASV, though in design and external appearance it is quite different.   It is of cabover design, with armored shutters on the front windows and a hatch over the commander's position for a heavy machinegun.  The driver and commander have three vision blocks to the front; in addition. The driver has vision blocks to the right side and the commander to the left side.  One of the driverís forward vision blocks can be removed and replaced by a night vision block. There are large doors in the rear for the unloading and loading of ammunition, and particularly for the passing of ammunition to guns.  These are also the primary entrance and exit to the vehicle for the crew.  There is a small hatch on the roof.  On each side, there is a small hatch from which a roller way can be extended to speed up the ammo replenishment rate for the FAASV. The internal ammunition stowage racks have room for 139 155mm shells, 146 charges, and 167 fuses.  Ammunition is passed to a field gun crew or self-propelled howitzer via a conveyor belt at the rate of eight rounds per minute.  The vehicle passes ammunition and is resupplied through large rear doors.  Four smoke grenade dischargers are mounted at the front of the hull on each side.

      Like the Biho, the FAASV is powered by a MAN-Doosan D2840L 520-horsepower diesel engine, coupled to an automatic transmission.  The engine is actually a development of the engine of the K-200 series of fighting vehicles, though only about 50% of the parts of the engines are in common.  The transmission is totally replaced from the K-200 to handle to the increased weight and engine power. The rest of the drive train, and electrical system have virtually nothing in common, though the roadwheels are the same and the tracks are the same (but longer).  Despite the modifications, the FAASV remains amphibious, even with a full load.

     The Daewoo FAASV is also able to work with the M-109 SP howitzer; the South Koreans use a number of those, calling them the K-55.

     Modifications done in the late 1990s and early 2000s gave the K-10 a few new features.  These include a GPS and mapping module with an inertial navigation backup, incremental fixes and upgrades to the running gear, engine, transmission, and electrical system, a BMS, and extra data-capable radios.  The driver has an image intensifier for forward vision and a day/night CCD camera for backup.  There are three day/night CCD cameras around the back to monitor the ammo transference and the use of other items.  The BMS can also monitor the amount of replenishment items carried and used.  The commander has a night channel for his front vision block and has a reticule to help him aim; he can also aim and fire from within the vehicle.

Vehicle

Price

Fuel Type

Load

Veh Wt

Crew

Mnt

Night Vision

Radiological

K-10 FAASV

$819,580

D, A

500 kg

26.4 tons

4

16

Passive IR (D)

Shielded

K-10 FAASV (Late)

$1,135,530

D, A

462 kg

26.55 tons

4

 

Image Intensification (D, C), Day/Night CCD Cameras (D, 3xRear)

Shielded

 

Vehicle

Tr Mov

Com Mov

Fuel Cap

Fuel Cons

Config

Susp

Armor

K-10 FAASV

159/105

35/25/3

500

281

Stnd

T3

HF8  HS4  HR4

K-10 FAASV (Late)

158/104

35/25/3

500

283

Stnd

T3

HF8  HS4  HR4*

 

Vehicle

Fire Control

Stabilization

Armament

Ammunition

K-10 FAASV

None

None

M-2HB (C)

1000x.50

K-10 FAASV (Late)

+1

Basic

M-2HB (C)

1000x.50

*This vehicle has a Roof AV of 4; the floor AV is 4Sp.