Closely Following Emerging Requirements
Otokar is offering its Cobra II 4×4 to meet a Philippine Army (PA) requirement, the company announced during the ADAS exhibition in Manila on 27 April.
Cobra II is being pitched for the Light Tactical Vehicle (LTV) programme, which seeks some 200 4×4 MRAP-style vehicles. The company said the modular Cobra II can be configured with different protection levels, weapon systems, and even an amphibious capability, to meet customer requirements, adding that over 700 have been delivered to more than 10 users – including the Turkish Army and Marine Corps – and that the vehicle remains in series production. Other companies understood to be competing for the PHP4 billion ($76.8 million) programme include Thailand’s Chaiseri with its First Win 2 vehicle.
Meanwhile, Otokar confirmed it is also following the PA’s Light Tank project, noting that it contributed with programme partners to develop a cost- effective solution to meet the mechanised infantry requirement for fire support. The solution, based on combat-proven platforms integrating a John Cockerill turret, included the modular Arma 8×8 Light Tank.
The company said its presence at ADAS 2022 provides “a good opportunity for us to present our capabilities in land systems,” adding it is ready to develop “local collaborations in line with the self-reliant defence posture objectives” of the Philippine Department of National Defense. “We are ready to do technology transfer for local support service and assembly,” said General Manager Serdar Görgüç, adding the company is “closely following the acquisition projects in Philippines.”