New Light Tank One of Five AFVs Showcased
At Eurosatory 2018 on 11 June Otokar debuted the TULPAR light tank, one of five armoured vehicles being exposed to visitors to the exhibition in Paris this week.
Designed as a multi-purpose vehicle to address a diverse range of missions, TULPAR offers an effective solution for operators requiring high destructive capabilities. Featuring a two-man COCKERILL 3105 turret from CMI Defence, the 105mm gun can fire all NATO standard ammunition types and the FALARICK gun-launched anti-tank guided weapon. A fire control system with fully stabilised day/night (thermal imaging) sights and coincidence firing logic provides high first-round hit probability against static or moving targets and the hunter-killer capability provides the capacity for single and multiple target engagements.
Tested in the toughest climate conditions and the most challenging terrains, TULPAR features a modular armor technology that can be configured and scaled according to threats, as well as the best mine protection in its class. TULPAR can be integrated with active protection systems and has the capacity to accommodate three crew (commander, gunner and driver) plus two additional personnel. Its Integrated Logistic Support System provides low lifecycle support costs.
Based on the COBRA platform, COBRA II offers high levels of protection against ballistic, mine and IED threats, a considerable payload capacity and a large internal volume. In addition to superior mobility, COBRA II accommodates 9 personnel including driver and commander, and delivers high performance in the toughest terrain and climate conditions. An amphibious option is available, and the vehicle offers a wide range of weapons integration and mission equipment options. COBRA II is successfully used in border protection as well as internal security and peacekeeping missions. Its modular structure means it can be be used as a personnel carrier, a weapons platform, a ground surveillance radar platform, or as a CBRN reconnaissance, C2 or ambulance vehicle.
The ARMA 6×6 offers superior mobility, high mine and ballistic protection as well as medium- and high-calibre weapon system integration options. An optional amphibious version caters for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid operations in the most demanding terrain and climate conditions. Featuring a high battle payload and large internal volume, ARMA can be equipped with a range of weapons and turrets according to the specific operator needs. The ARMA family can be used for various missions, as an armoured personnel carrier, armoured combat vehicle, C2 or CBRN reconnaissance vehicle, while different weapon systems can be integrated into the vehicle.
COBRA is currently used in over 15 countries worldwide and stands out for its high mobility and survivability. Providing superior mine and ballistic protection with its monocoque body, COBRA continues to be one of the most recognised armored vehicles in its class globally. Thanks to its modular structure, COBRA, which offers an amphibious option, can be adapted to different vehicle configurations to serve as a personnel carrier, weapons platform, CBRN reconnaissance, ground surveillance radar, surveillance, ambulance or command post depending on the mission.
KAYA II leverages Otokar’s experience and knowhow in mine protected vehicles. Designed as a mine-resistant personnel carrier, KAYA II provides superior protection against both mines and kinetic-energy ammunition, with a chassis that adapts to the terrain with a torsion bar suspension system. Offering excellent mobility in all kinds of terrain and climate conditions, the 4×4 tactical KAYA II features a monocoque body and cam accommodate ten people, including commander and driver.
“Considering the continuously changing combat conditions and threats, light tanks, effectively serving as reconnaissance and fire support vehicles in modern armies are taking more important roles in the world. By getting inspired from different requirements of our clients in different parts of the world, we combined our experience with our engineering and R&D capabilities and debuted [the] newly developed TULPAR Light Tank in Paris. We believe that light tanks will be more apparent in the inventories in the upcoming years,” stated Otokar General Manager, Serdar Görgüç. He continued: “[The] new TULPAR Light Tank is targeting several markets. Otokar is known in the global markets as a company that designed, developed and qualified Turkey’s main battle tank and our most important reference in new purchases is our armored vehicles, used in more than 30 countries in five continents. We are in talks with the countries that need and demand the light tank in particular.”
Referring to the fact that Otokar subsidiary Al Jasoor will be exhibiting its RABDAN vehicle, for which it won a significant contract with the UAE last year, Görgüç added that “Our aim is to be able to respond to the needs and expectations of different users in the best possible way through similar collaborations.”