DSEI 2017

First presentation in the UK [DSEI17D3]

14 September 2017

Being shown for the first time in the UK on Stand N6-158 is the latest Turkish Otokar Arma (8x8) armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with its own Ucok remote weapon station (RWS).

This has been developed by Otokar using internal research and development funding; the launch customer is Bahrain.

Arma is a complete family of wheeled APCs and variants manufactured in 8x8 and 6x6 configurations, which share many subsystems to reduce through-life costs.

Both configurations are powered by a Cummins diesel engine developing 450hp coupled to a fully automatic transmission. The vehicles are fully amphibious with little preparation, being propelled in the water by two propellers at a speed of up to 8km/h.

The Ucok RWS can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL). The RWS has a dual-axis independently driven sight that features a thermal camera and a charge-coupled device camera, and allows the aiming sight to stay on the target even when the platform is moving.

Arma (8x8) can be fitted with a wide range of weapon stations including the CMI Defence 105mm turret, which in addition to firing conventional natures of ammunition can fire a 105mm laser-guided projectile out to a range of 5,000m.

To meet the specific operational requirements of the United Arab Emirates, further development of the Arma in the 8x8 configuration has resulted in the Rabdan, which has a gross vehicle weight of 28 tonnes but is still fully amphibious. This was first shown early in 2017 and the UAE has ordered 400 vehicles.

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