Position in Armoured Vehicle Industry “At a Whole New Level”
Following success in the Gulf, Otokar aims to achieve fresh success in Asia-Pacific, and will be focused on promoting its COBRA II armoured personnel carrier at Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 in Kuala Lumpur this week.
The COBRA II, with its high level of protection, spacious interior and superior mobility, has been evolved from the existing COBRA vehicle to fulfil a wide range of security applications. A modular platform that delivers high performance in challenging terrain and environmental situations and has capacity for nine personnel, COBRA II was added to the company’s product range in 2013. An amphibious version has conducted successful open sea swimming tests and the vehicle is already in service with Turkish forces and export customers.
“As a result of the deal we signed last year for 8×8 amphibious armored vehicles to meet the needs of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, we took our position in the industry to a whole new level. With the deal signed by Al Jasoor, founded with the joint efforts of Otokar and Tawazun, Otokar now stands apart in the defense industry, not only with its products but also global knowhow, engineering, R&D and technology transfer capabilities,” observed Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç. Emphasising that the company invests 4% of revenues in internal R&D, he continued “Our aim is to be able to respond to the needs and expectations of different users in the best possible way through similar collaborations. We regard the DSA Exhibition as an important means in attaining this goal and strengthening our presence in the region. Otokar vehicles are already serving successfully in the Asia-Pacific region. The first COBRA II armored vehicle exports we realised last year were delivered to this region and our vehicles are actively used in United Nations missions. At Otokar, we follow export opportunities in the region closely. We are aiming to add new achievements in the Asia-Pacific region, similar to what we have already succeeded in the Gulf region.”