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Niger announces Nurol armoured vehicle order

Ejder Yalçin vehicles, some in Qatari special forces camouflage, are seen during a visit by Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum to the Nurol Makina faclity in Sincan. (Présidence de la République du Niger)

Niger has ordered armoured vehicles from Nurol Makina, the country's presidency announced on 11 March.

It said that President Mohamed Bazoum visited the Turkish company to inspect progress on the vehicles, which it did not identify. It released photographs of the president inspecting Ejder Yalçins fitted with Aselsan Serdar weapon stations at the company's facility on the outskirts of Ankara, but some were painted in the camouflage used by Qatar's Joint Special Forces Command, which has placed a large order for the type.

The president also visited Aselsan, Turkish Aerospace (TUSAŞ), munitions manufacturer Roketsan, UAV manufacturer Baykar Makina, and Havelsan, a C41 specialist that also manufacturers aircraft simulators.

Turkey announced in November 2021 that Niger had ordered Hürkuş light aircraft, Bayraktar TB2 UAVs, and unidentified armoured vehicles. TUSAŞ general manager Temel Kotil previously said that his company was close to securing the first export order for the Hürkuş to a country he did not identify. He said it would be for 12 of the Hürkuş-C armed variant that can carry a variety of munitions, including guided weapons made by Roketsan.

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