Otokar Showcases its Land System Solutions at the WDS

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Otokar Showcases its Land System Solutions at the WDS
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Otokar displays its broad range of armoured platforms and capabilities at the World Defense Show (WDS) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

During the five-day event, Otokar will exhibit nine renowned platforms with their features and capabilities at two separate booths, indoors and outdoors.

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TULPAR Medium Tank with Leonardo HITFACT MkII  120 mm Turret

TULPAR-S Amphibious Tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier with 7.62 mm Turret

ARMA 8x8 Fire Support Vehicle with John Cockerill 105 mm Turret

ARMA 8x8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle with Mızrak 30 mm Turret

COBRA II 4x4 Mine-resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle with 25 mm RCWS 

AKREP II 4x4 Reconnaissance Vehicle, with 90 mm John Cockerill Turret

COBRA II 4x4 Armoured Personnel Carrier with 12.7 mm RCWS 

COBRA II 4x4 Armoured Personnel Carrier with Mızrak 12.7 mm Closed Cupola 

URAL 4x4 Armoured Patrol Vehicle with 12.7 mm Open Cupola

Undersigning important projects worldwide as a NATO and UN supplier, “Otokar strengthens its position in the global defence markets with solid steps,” said General Manager Serdar Görgüç. “Currently, more than 33 thousand Otokar military vehicles are serving in more than 40 countries on five continents. Through our expertise, capabilities, and experience we are dedicated to provide the most efficient land systems solutions and wide scope of services to meet the existing and future requirements of our users. Within our worldwide customer portfolio, GCC is indeed one of our most important key markets. Various types of Otokar armoured vehicles are being successfully operated by the military and security forces of the Gulf Countries for quarter of a century. In this context, WDS presents a significant opportunity to strengthen our ties with the esteemed Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the entire region. 

Serdar Görgüç continued: “Through our subsidiary ‘Otokar Land Systems’ established in 2016, Otokar strengthened its presence in GCC by being physically closer to its users. Being local is exceptionally important in order to serve and support our customers timely and efficient. Within the past eight years, Otokar Land Systems has conducted important projects with successful results. Our technology transfer and local production desire in the Gulf, coupled with our strong design, development, technology and engineering capabilities, carried Otokar to the forefront of the global defence industry. During WDS, we aim to reinforce this position and forge new partnerships.”

TULPAR Medium Tank:

Otokar is exhibiting a TULPAR Medium Tank with Leonardo HITFACT Mk II 120mm turret at WDS. 

TULPAR stands out with mobility, high firepower, and survivability features. TULPAR is designed as a multi-purpose tracked vehicle with variants ranging from 28,000kg to 45,000kg to fully satisfy the modern armies’ existing and future requirements. 

TULPAR comes in several variants with common subsystems. Tested in the toughest climates and on rough terrain conditions, TULPAR boasts high ballistic and mine protection with modular armour.

In addition to its high fire and destruction power, with its high mobility, TULPAR can serve in all kinds of combat environments, from urban, built-up areas and light bridges to woodlands and all terrains, especially soft surfaces where main battle tanks are unable to operate due to their heavy weights. 

TULPAR-S Amphibious Tracked Armoured Personnel Carrier:

TULPAR-S is displayed in WDS with a 7.62 mm Turret. 

TULPAR-S is an amphibious Light Tracked Vehicle offering a common platform for mission-specific variants such as Infantry Fighting Vehicle, APC, Armoured Weapon Carrier, Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle, Command & Control, Ambulance, and Reconnaissance Vehicle.

ARMA 8x8 Wheeled Armoured Vehicle: 

At WDS, Otokar exhibits two different variants of ARMA 8x8, one equipped with its 30 mm MIZRAK Turret and the other with a John Cockerill 105 mm turret.

ARMA 8x8 is a combat-proven modular platform with amphibious capabilities for various missions. ARMA provides survivability, protection level, and mobility requirements for modern armies. In addition to its high combat weight and spacious interiors, ARMA 8x8 also draws attention with its low silhouette. 

The armoured monocoque body with high ballistic and mine protection allows the integration of a variety of mission equipment and weapon systems in different specifications up to 120 mm. ARMA  is a platform suitable for  Command and Control, Engineering, Ambulance, Recovery, Support, and similar missions.

COBRA II MRAP:

The COBRA II Mine-resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (COBRA II MRAP) is displayed with 25 mm RCWS at WDS. Cobra II MRAP is developed to ensure high survivability in risky areas. The vehicle provides superior protection for the crew against kinetic energy, mine and IED threats while maintaining high cross-country mobility in battlefield conditions with its independent suspension system. High reliability and ease of maintenance are the other two important design criteria.

With its modular design, COBRA II MRAP provides a high payload and spacious internal space for the integration of weapon systems and mission equipment. The vehicle can be configured with alternative seating layouts for up to 11 personnel with 3 or 5-door configurations as per specific user requirements.

COBRA II Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle: 

At WDS, Otokar showcases COBRA II with two different turrets, one 12.7 mm RCWS and the other 12.7 mm MIZRAK Closed Turret. 

COBRA II offers protection against ballistic, mine, and IED threats. The vehicle is operated by many armies in different parts of the world on the tough terrain and climate conditions. Being suitable for the integration of a wide range of weapon and mission equipment options, COBRA II is in service for border protection as well as internal security and peacekeeping missions for different users. The modular structure of COBRA II also makes the vehicle a flexible platform to be used as a personnel carrier, weapons platform, ground surveillance radar, CBRN reconnaissance vehicle, command control vehicle, and ambulance. 

AKREP II: Next-Generation Modular Armoured Vehicle

Otokar exhibits AKREP II with a John Cockerill 90 mm turret at WDS.

AKREP II, built on Otokar’s initial AKREP developed in the 1990s, is designed as an armoured reconnaissance and surveillance vehicle and a large calibre weapon platform. Combining firepower and survivability in a low silhouette, the AKREP II is produced to meet modern armies' current and future needs by accommodating turrets up to 90mm cannon.

The four-wheel drive system and steerable rear axle of AKREP II enhance the manoeuvrability capability of the vehicle. The vehicle has mobility and handling capabilities in all terrain conditions, whether mud, snow or puddles. Its compact design, both kinetic and mine protection, and the U-type power package placed at the rear of the vehicle make AKREP II a competitive platform, especially where the manoeuvrability is supported with crab steering. 

As a multi-role vehicle suitable for different types of missions, AKREP II provides firepower without compromising survivability as it can accommodate up to 90 mm calibre turrets.  AKREP II can also be configured for the missions like surveillance, reconnaissance, air defence, forward observer, etc.

URAL Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle 

Otokar displays URAL 4x4 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle at WDS. 

URAL is a product born from an innovative approach, designed to meet the needs of paramilitary users for 4x4 armoured tactical vehicles in different configurations with a versatile and modular solution. A modular structure allows URAL to adapt to different missions’ equipment, weapon systems, and configuration requirements. 

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