IAV 2023: Nurol Makina 4×4 vehicles touted for high-intensity operations

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Ejder Yalçın Block 4 is operated by NATO country Hungary under the name Gidrán. (Hungarian MoD)

Nurol Makina presented its 4×4vehicles at Defence iQ's International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) 2023 conference being held in London from 23 to 26 January. The Turkish company's 18 tonne Ejder Yalçın and 14 tonne NMS vehicles, the latter under development, are considered suitable for high-intensity operations because of the employment of 4×4vehicles by private military companies like the Wagner Group and by special forces in Ukraine.

Another lesson learned from the war in Ukraine is theunits' need for organic fire support. The combat version of the Ejder Yalçın is armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun and a 30 mm automatic cannon, and combat support versions are equipped with anti-tank weapons, 120 mm mortars, or loitering munitions. Video of the mortar version of the Ejder Yalçın shows minimum vibration when a 120 mm weapon is fired from the vehicle and its hatches being opened while it is moving to prepare for firing when it stops.

The combat-proven Ejder Yalçın can carry up to nine personnelandis designed to be operated in all-weather and all-terrain, including urban areas


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Indonesian National Armed Forces receives armoured vehicles

by Kapil Kajal

The Indonesian Army's Harimau tank on display at Indo Defence 2022. The tank uses a modular armour for protection and is armed with a 150 mm Cockerill main gun and a 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun. (Janes/Andrew Galer)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has handed over 52 armoured vehicles manufactured by PT Pindad to the Indonesian National Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI).

According to a press release by PT Pindad on 28 February, the MoD handed over 10 Harimau medium tanks, three Badak 6×6 wheeled armoured direct-fire support vehicles, and 10 Pandur II 8×8 fire support vehicles to the TNI.

In addition, the MoD handed over 12 Anoa 6×6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), seven Komodo 4×4 light armoured vehicles, and 10 Maung 4×4 light tactical vehicles to the TNI.

The handover took place on 28 February during a TNI-Indonesian National Police (Polri) leadership meeting held at TNI headquarters in Jakarta.

In November 2014 PT Pindad and Turkey's FNSS Defence Systems collaborated to develop a medium tank. The tank was named as ‘Harimau' in Indonesia and ‘Kaplan' in Turkey.


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Update: Austria orders 225 Pandur EVO AFVs

by Georg Mader

Austria has ordered 225 Pandur EVO AFVs for the Bundesheer. (GDELS)

A contract for 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer) was signed by Minister of Defense Klaudia Tanner, Chief of Defence Staff General Rudolf Striedinger, and managing director of General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) Martin Reischer on 19 February.

Present at the signing were Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Karl Hufnagel, managing director of ESL, which will supply the AFV's 12.7 mm remote controlled weapon station (RCWS), 16 120 mm mortar sets, as well as other systems.

The order includes conversion kits for medical evacuation (medevac), command-and-control, and anti-tank missions, as well as eight additional vehicle variants to be introduced into the Bundesheer. Thirty-six of these (with nine options) will have Rheinmetall Air Defence Skyranger 30 mm turrets for mobile short-range air defence and to counter unmanned aircraft systems. Deliveries will takeplace until 2032, with Tanner speaking of options for a further 150 vehicles.

This article, originally published on 20 February, has been updated with new information.


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Austria becomes launch customer for Rheinmetall's Skyranger 30 air-defence system

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Bundesheer and Rheinmetall signed a contract on 21 February for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret. (Georg Mader)

The Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) and Rheinmetall announced on 23 February that they had signed a contract for the German company's Skyranger 30 turret, making Austria the launch customer for the air-defence system.

Austrian Minister of Defence Klaudia Tanner and Rheinmetall Air Defence CEO Oliver Dürr signed the contract on 21 February for 36 Skyranger turrets to install in the same number of the 225 Pandur Evolution (EVO) 6×6 armoured vehicles Austria ordered from General Dynamics European Land Systems-Steyr (GDELS-Steyr) on 19 February. Under the contract, valued in the mid-three-digit million euro range, deliveries are scheduled for 2026–30.


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