Armed against the threat of explosives [ID14D2]

06 November 2014

Turkish company Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi AS (Hall D, Stand DP420) has brought two of its expanding family of wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) to the show. The two vehicles on display are the newest version of the widely deployed Cobra, and its latest Kale Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, which has recently completed its development.

Cobra (4x4) is being shown in the baseline armoured personnel carrier (APC) version and is fitted with the Otokar-developed Basok remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a 7.62mm machine gun (MG).

The Kale MRAP features the traditional V-shaped welded steel hull for a high level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), as well as small arms fire and shell splinters.

As well as the commander, driver and gunner, Kale can carry up to 13 dismounts in the rear troop compartment, which is provided with bullet-/splinter-proof windows for enhanced protection and situational awareness.

Kale can be fitted with a protected weapon station (PWS) or RWS armed with a 7.62mm or .50in machine gun, plus banks of 76mm grenade launchers.

Although known mainly as a prime contractor for wheeled AFVs, Otokar has more recently moved into the tracked market. It is the prime contractor for the Altay Main Battle Tank (MBT) being developed under contract to the Turkish Land Forces Command, with the firepower test rig (FTR) and mobility test rig (MTR) completed and undergoing gh trials.

The Altay MBT is a conventional design armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun; it is expected that 250 production Altay MBTs will be built.

Otokar’s latest development is the Tulpar tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) launched in 2013. The first example is fitted with an Otokar-developed remote-controlled turret armed with a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm co-axial MG. This is being shown here in model form.

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