The KM1002 heavy tractor truck was developed by the Kia Motors to meet a South Korean army requirement for a heavy equipment transporter, capable of transporting the K1/K1A1 main battle tanks in all conditions. It forms part of the KM100 series of 8×8 trucks. It was reported that production of the KM100 series vehicles commenced in 2001.
The KM1002 can also transport other armored vehicles, such as recovery vehicles and self-propelled howitzers, or large construction equipment with a maximum weight of 60 tons. Maximum load on the fifth wheel is 20 tons.