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1 1/4-ton Truck, Troop Carrier Light (Horizon 2) Acquisition Project of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

The General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has included the acquisition of new 1 1/4-ton light utility trucks as part of its procurement under the Horizon 2 phase of the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

This trucks acquisition involves 215 units, which will be distributed to different AFP units and service branches as it continues to improve its mobility capabilities and replacing ageing assets.

These trucks are used as troop carriers and utility vehicles in both frontline and rear echelon units, as well as support units. In this case, no specific mention was made on what the trucks are for, which will be defined by the units that will receive it.

The Kia KM450 4x4 1 1/4-ton Light Utility Truck. Photo taken from Kia Military website.

Project Summary:

1 1/4-ton Truck, Troop Carrier Light (Horizon 2) Acquisition Project

Note: Edited as of 27 September 2019.

* End User: Armed Forces of the Philippines (multiple units)

* Quantity: 215 units

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Priority Project of RAFPMP 

* Project ABC: Php677,250,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government (G2G) Procurement with the South Korea Trade Promotion Corporation (KOTRA)

* Source of Funding: GAA Funds through AFP Modernization Program Trust Fund.

* SARO Release: SARO-BMB-D-17-0034295 dated 17 December 2018, released 19 December 2018

* Winning Proponent: KOTRA on behalf of Kia Motors

* Product for Delivery:
    - 215 units Kia KM450 4x4 1 1/4-ton Utility Trucks
    - 4 units Kia KM452 4x4 1 1/4-ton Shop Vans (freebie)

* Contract Price: Php677,247,850.00

* First post by MaxDefense: 19 December 2018

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag/s: #AFP114tonTruckAcquisition #AFPGHQTruckLightAcquisition

* Status: Delivery ongoing, 1st batch of around 100 units delivered September 2019.

U P D A T E S:

19 December 2018:

As posted on our community social media page:

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released a new SARO (SARO-BMB-D-0034295) to support the funding of two projects under the Revised AFP Modernization Program. The SARO was approved only today, and is worth Php697,247,850.00, with the following details:

1. The AFP General Headquarters Truck, Troop Carrier Light 1 1/4-ton, which involves the acquisition of 215 units of light utility trucks. The project, under the Horizon 2 phase, has an ABC of Php677,250,000.00, although it is possible that the project is already for awarding to South Korea's KIA Motors with their KM-450 4x4 truck, as the SARO allocated a different amount at Php677,247,850.00.

2. The AFP General Headquarters C4ISTAR Lot 2 for the Upgrade of the Communications, Electronics, and Information System Service AFP (CEISSAFP) Training Center with an ABC and SARO allocation of Php20,000,000.00. This project is still part of the 2nd List of Horizon 1 phase. MaxDefense believes that the DND already released an ADM for this project since 2017 and would be undertaken via Public Bidding.

The release of funding for these projects is definitely good news, although we hope that the AFP GHQ BAC would act fast on these projects considering the government is said to be having funding problems on the way due to Congress' wasting too much time on federalism.

The Kia KM450 4x4 light utility truck. Photo taken from Kia Military website.


10 March 2019:

As posted on our community social media page:

MaxDefense confirms that the Department of National Defense has awarded a contract to Korea Trade Promotion Corp. (KOTRA) worth Php677,247,850.00 for the supply and delivery of 215 units of KIA KM-450 1 1/4-ton 4x4 utility vehicles for the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In addition, KOTRA-KIA Motors will also provide 4 units of KM-452 shop vans as freebie.

The deal is part of the Horizon 2 phase of the RAFPMP, and is the latest order of KIA KM-450 trucks.

The NOA was released in favor of KOTRA as early as 27 December 2018. Photo taken from DND website.

Rear view side of a KM452 Shop Van with its compartments opened. Photo taken from Kia Motor's video.

MaxDefense received confirmation that the first batch of deliveries of Kia Motors KM450 4x4 1 1/4-ton utility trucks for the Armed Forces of the Philippines arrived recently in the Philippines. Out of 215 units ordered (plus 4 KM-452 shop vans apparently promised by Kia as freebies) last December 2018, this first batch is said to be composed of around 100 units.

The AFP is expected to distribute these vehicles to AFP support units, and to the three major branch services.

These vehicles were acquired under the Truck, Troop Carrier (Light) Acquisition Project by General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines as part of the Horizon 2 phase Priority Projects.  

No mention if the delivery included the shop vans, although MaxDefense was informed that the next delivery could happen in the a few months time.

Top photo shows the Kia KM452 Shop Van which Kia is providing as part of the deal, while bottom is some of the Kia KM450 utility vehicles modified by the AFP for special requirements, in this case as mobile ladders. Top photo taken from Kia Military, bottom photo credited to original source.

28 October 2019:

MaxDefense got a photo of some of the newly deliveted Kia KM450 1 1/2-ton trucks in Camp Aguinaldo. 

Several of the vehicles were also seen travelling from Batangas to Manila, which makes sense as the vehicles were unloaded in the Batangas International port.

Note the black units which could be for special units. Credits to one of our community member for sharing this photo.

First posted 27 September 2019
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