DSEI 2015

Arma in production for export [DSEI15, D4]

18 September 2015

Turkish company Otokar (Stand N9-150) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) with the introduction of the Arma family.

These vehicles have been developed using internal R&D funding to provide potential export customers with a complete family of 6x6 and 8x8 vehicles that share high level of common components to reduce through-lifecycle costs.

Following company trials, Otokar won its first unidentified export contract for the Arma in the 6x6 configuration.

On display at DSEI is the Arma in the 8x8 configuration, fitted with the Otokar Mizrak remote-controlled turret and armed with a stabilised Orbital ATK Systems 30mm Mk44 dual-feed cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

Mizrak is just one of the many weapons that can be installed on the roof of Arma; other options include protected weapon stations and remote weapon stations armed with 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine guns.

The Mizrak turret is fitted with stabilised day/night sights incorporating a laser rangefinder that provide a high first-round-hit capability against stationary and moving targets while the platform is moving. One stabilised sight is provided for the gunner, while the commander has a roof-mounted panoramic sighting system.

The Arma family of vehicles is fully amphibious with little preparation and is driven in the water by two propellers.

In addition to the manufacture of wheeled AFVs, Otokar is the prime contractor for the Altay MBT being developed to meet the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command. This is undergoing trials, with the first production batch expected to consist of 250 units.

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