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Kia KM250 6x6 Trucks Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has included the acquisition of additional 2.5-ton trucks, specifically the Kia KM250 6x6 truck, as part of the Horizon 2 Phase Priority Projects under the Revised AFP Modernization Program.

A total of 50 trucks were requested by the PAF, which would assist them in filling logistics requirements including troop and cargo transport, and utilitarian roles.

Since the PAF was specific in getting the Kia KM250, it appears that the plan was to hitch with the plan of the General Headquarters, Armed Forces of the Philippines to order trucks under their Truck, Troop Carrier Medium Acquisition Project which also called for the acquisition of 300 Kia KM250 6x6 trucks. 

The Kia KM250 6x6 trucks as they were officially received by the PAF on 16 October 2020. Photo credits to Air Logistics Command, Philippine Air Force.

Project Summary:

Kia KM250 6x6 Trucks Acquisition Project:

Note: Edited as of 19 October 2020.

* End User: Philippine Air Force (Air Logistics Command)

* Quantity: 50 units

* Modernization Phase: Horizon 2 Priority Projects of RAFPMP

* Project ABC: Php310,000,000.00

* Acquisition Mode: Government-to-Government (G2G) Procurement with South Korean government.

* Source of Funding: General Appropriations Act FY2019

* SARO Release: TBA

* Winning Proponent: Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), on behalf of Kia Motors Co.

* Product for Delivery: 50 Kia KM250 2.5-ton 6x6 Troop Carrier trucks

* Contract Price:

* Residual Price: TBA

* First post by MaxDefense: 25 July 2020

* MaxDefense Searching Hashtag:

* Status: All 50 vehicles delivered as of July 2020, and formally accepted on October 2020. PROJECT COMPLETED.

A Kia KM250 2.5-ton 6x6 truck. Photo credits to Kia Motors.


The Philippine Air Force has been at the receiving end of allocations of Kia KM250 6x6 trucks from the General Headquarters, AFP since they started standardizing the Korean-made trucks.

But the decision by the PAF to acquire them as part of their own acquisition programs might be a sign that they are not getting enough trucks, and would be better off with buying their own using the funds they are receiving as part of the AFP Modernization Program, rather than waiting for GHQ, AFP to buy for them.

A contract between the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) was believed to have been signed in the 3rd quarter of 2019, together with the other projects from the AFP that were meant for acquiring Korean trucks.

Delivery was expected to be completed by 2020, with the trucks going to the Air Logistics Command, which will distribute the trucks to different PAF bases and units.

The Philippine Army also received several Kia KM250 trucks that were part of the same deal with KOTRA, but under a different project from the GHQ, AFP separate from the order made by the Philippine Air Force. Photo credits to Philippine Army.

U P D A T E S:

25 July 2020:

MaxDefense has posted on the confirmation of arrival of the Kia KM250 trucks ordered by the Philippine Air Force, as one of its community member shared photos of the trucks, in PAF dark blue colors.

MaxDefense also received an initial information from another source that the trucks arrived in Batangas Port early this month, together with other Kia KM250 trucks in army green paint scheme. 

Kia KM250 trucks, as they were delivered to the PAF last July 2020. Photo credits to a MaxDefense community member who wish to remain anonymous.


16 October 2020:

The Philippine Air Force's Air Logistics Command formally received the 50 Kia KM250 trucks it acquired, together with a newly restored Bell UH-1H Huey combat utility helicopter and some Isuzu firetrucks, during ceremonies held on 16 October 2020 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

The trucks would be distributed to different PAF units to improve their logistics capabilities.

The PAF formally accepted 50 Kia KM250 trucks, several small fire trucks and utility vehicles, and a newly repaired UH-1H Huey combat utility helicopter. Photos credited to Air Logistics Command, Philippine Air Force.


With the Kia KM250 2.5-ton 6x6 trucks already delivered and formally inducted with the Philippine Air Force, MaxDefense and Philippine Defense Resource officially consider the Kia KM250 6x6 Trucks Acquisition Project of the Philippine Air Force as COMPLETED.

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First edit and release: 19 October 2020
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