IDEX 2017

Amphibious and fully armed [IDEX17D2]

19 February 2017

Turkish company Otokar (Stand 10-A05) has brought its latest Tulpar-S in an armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration to IDEX, fitted with its Basok remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) and armed with a 7.62mm machine gun (MG).

The Tulpar-S has an electronic architecture, which makes it easier to be re-roled for different battlefield missions, as well as integrating new technology as it becomes available.

It is fitted with rubber band tracks, which are not only lighter than conventional steel tracks but also much quieter and have less vibration and rolling resistance, thus increasing the operational range of the Tulpar-S. According to Otokar, the Tulpar-S has a high level of ballistic and mine protection and is fully amphibious with little preparation, being propelled in the water by its tracks.

The company is also showing a number of other armoured fighting vehicles in its expanding fleet, including the latest Cobra II (4x4), the Arma (6x6) and the Kaya II (4x4) mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle.

The Cobra II is the latest wheeled AFV to be developed by Otokar and has already attracted significant orders from home and export markets, with the former including the Turkish Land Forces Command.

When compared to the original Cobra, the Cobra II has greater internal volume, payload and protection, and in addition to the driver and commander carries seven dismounts.

Otokar has strengthened its presence in the region by establishing Otokar Land Systems in the United Arab Emirates. According to Serdar Görgüç, Otokar general manager: “Today 30,000 military vehicles we have developed for different needs are being used on five continents in over 30 countries. Otokar Land Systems will be the driving force in our regional expansion, especially in the Gulf countries.“

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