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Turkmenistan parades ground vehicles for special forces

31 October 2017

On 27 October Turkmenistan paraded several foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces, including Polaris Dagor lightweight patrol vehicles (seen in this still image). (Via Altyn Asyr)On 27 October Turkmenistan paraded several foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces, including Polaris Dagor lightweight patrol vehicles (seen in this still image). (Via Altyn Asyr)

Turkmenistan has displayed several recently acquired foreign-made ground vehicles for its special forces in a parade to mark the country’s Independence Day on 27 October.

Among the equipment shown in the capital Ashgabat were products from US-based manufacturer Polaris Government and Defense that included quad bikes, two- and four-seat MRZR ultra-light off-road vehicles, and Dagor lightweight patrol vehicles.

The country also paraded a 4x4 similar to the Nimr Long-Range Special Operations Vehicle as well as older versions of the Ajban 440, which are also from the Abu Dhabi-based company Nimr.

Ajbans featured in the 2016 parade, but in this year’s event some were seen armed for the first time with what appeared to be Ukrainian-made Luch Bar’er anti-tank guided missile systems as well as 12.7 mm machine guns mounted on the vehicle’s bed for anti-aircraft defence.

Also on display was the Belarusian Caracal self-propelled anti-tank missile system. The Caracal is based on a 4x4 truck chassis and is equipped with a retractable launcher for four Bar’er missiles.

In addition, Turkmenistan paraded on the flat-bed of a truck what appeared to be an Israeli-made Aeronautics Orbiter 3 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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