The K600 is a Combat Engineering Vehicle developed by Hyundai Rotem for the Republic of Korea Army (RokA). It’s is based on a similar chassis found on the in-service K1 armoured recovery vehicle (ARV), which supports the K1 and K2 main battle tanks (MBTs). The new K600 CEV is designed to facilitate movement and support of friendly forces by performing a wide range of battlefield construction and demolition tasks, including clearing battlefield obstacles and mines, conducting breaching operations, and preparing positions for artillery and combat vehicles. The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) debuted K600 combat engineer vehicle (KCEV) at the DX Korea 2018 land forces exhibition held in Goyang with one example being showcased to the public during daily mobility demonstrations at the event.
The K600 CEV is based on the K1A1 MBT chassis and has a combat weight of approximately 62 tonnes. It is powered by a 1,200 hp diesel engine, enabling it to attain a maximum road speed of up to 60 km/h. The vehicle is operated by a two-person crew seated in a protected cabin at the front left side of the vehicle, with the driver positioned at the front and the commander to the immediate rear. It is equipped with Pearson Engineeringʼs Full Width Mine Plough (FWMP) that can clear mines to a maximum depth of 0.3 m. It is also fitted with the company’s Magnetic Signature Duplicator (MSD), which is designed to neutralise anti-tank mines fitted with advanced fuzes, as well as with the Obstacle Marking System (OMS), which dispenses rods to mark a safe path for friendly troops and vehicles.