Collaboration With AxleTech for New Generation Electric Vehicle
Otokar unveiled its next-generation armoured vehicle family at IDEF 2019 today. The AKREP II is the latest product of the company’s design and development studies and proof of its ability to leverage its engineering and manufacturing expertise across a wide portfolio of armoured tactical vehicles.
The AKREP II family features superior manoeuvrability and agility as well as a design allowing for integration of various types of armament, weapon stations and alternative powerplants. A fully electric variant of the vehicle, the AKREP IIe technology demonstrator, is on display at IDEF 2019, with a powerful electric motor integrated to the axle and an advanced battery pack.
“Our new generation armoured family AKREP II is a legacy from Otokar’s AKREP vehicle, which was initially launched in 1995 as a weapon carrier vehicle with 3-man crew. AKREP achieved an excellent field record in various missions all over the world. With this genetic heritage, Otokar’s new armoured vehicle family, the AKREP II, is a successor specifically designed to meet the evolving demands of current and future military environments thanks to its compact size, low silhouette, low acoustic and thermal signature, and effective firepower,” commented the company’s General Manager, Serdar Görgüç.
Emphasising Otokar’s commitment in applying new technologies to armoured vehicles, he continued: “Considering the continuously changing combat conditions and threats, and 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 with AxleTech and debuted [the] newly-developed AKREP IIe at IDEF. AKREP IIe is a significant indication of Otokar’s growing commitment for applying promising technologies to armoured vehicles. The vehicle also highlights Otokar’s maturity in the design and development of state-of-the-art armoured vehicles. AKREP IIe’s modern design provides mobility, agility and durability required for the wide range of missions.”
As a multi-role vehicle suitable for various military missions, AKREP II can provide effective firepower without compromising survivability. A high payload capability means that medium-calibre turrets with weapons up to 90mm can be integrated. AKREP II can also be configured for quick reaction, reconnaissance, scout and surveillance or base/air defence missions, among others.
“AxleTech is committed to providing innovative electric powertrain systems to complement our field-proven and industry-leading drivetrain solutions for the defence industry. Our collaboration with Otokar demonstrates our shared values of providing forward-thinking products for customers and staying ahead of trends,” added AxleTech’s Vice President of Business Development, Daniel Chien.