Turkish leading and largest privately owned tactical vehicles manufacturer Otokar has been awarded a $63.2 million contract for its new 6×6 tactical armoured vehicle ARMA. Deliveries are scheduled to be in 2012 and Otokar will provide spare parts and training under the contract requirements.
“This award is the second export contract for ARMA 6×6 in its first year” says Serdar Gorguc, Otokar’s General Manager. “As the leading designer and exporter of armoured vehicles in Turkey, we continue to grow in defence industry with local and international orders. Representing the Turkish defence industry in world arena with our well-known armoured vehicles, we continue to execute contracts abroad. We are proud to sign the second contract although it has only been twelve months since we introduced the ARMA.
“This award demonstrates that ARMA is the new generation answer and ideal concept and design for upcoming threats, and expectations of modern armed forces. This second contract which is signed quite soon after the presentation of the vehicle to users is a strong indicator that ARMA will be one of the flagships of Otokar’s product range.”
ARMA is the newest product family within the Otokar’s the tactical wheeled armoured vehicle range with modular multi-wheel configuration. ARMA provides superior tactical and technical features with an outstanding cost among competitive products. Thanks to the high level of ballistic and mine protection as well as, the outstanding design allowing the integration of various types of mission equipments, ARMA is an adaptable platform for evolving mission needs in a modern battlefield.
The 6.4 m long, 2.7 m wide and 2.2 m high ARMA 6×6 variant has an 19-tonne combat weight and carries a driver, commander and eight dismounts in its fully NBC protected hull. The vehicle is C-130 air transportable in standard configuration.
ARMA’s front two axles are steerable enabling it to make a turning radius of 7.85 m and the vehicle rides on independent hydro-pneumatic suspension, offering respectable off-road mobility. Tyre run flat capability and Central inflation system is supplied as standard. It can negotiate a 45-degree approach and departure angles leading onto 60 per cent inclines and 30 per cent side-slopes. It can also cross 1.2 m wide trenches and climb over 60 cm obstacles.
A 450 hp water-cooled turbo diesel capable of running on F-34 or F-54 fuel drives the wheels through an automatic gearbox and single-speed transfer box, giving it a top speed of 105 km/h and a power/weight ratio of 24.3 hp/tonne.
This also powers the onboard 24 V DC electrical system, which incorporates two maintenance-free 125 Ah batteries and a 3.3 kW converter.
The engine is located at the right front of the vehicle, allowing a comparably high internal volume to be efficiently and ergonomically used. With this internal layout, all the personnel especially the commander can keep eye contact continuously among each other.
ARMA 6×6 can be driven in 6×6 or 6×4 modes depending upon the terrain conditions. The vehicle is amphibious and driven by 2 hydraulically driven propellors in water allowing a high seagoing performance with a pivot turn capability. ARMA’s ballistic and anti-mine protection is provided by high hardness monocoque steel hull and all personnel is seated on anti- mine seats.
ARMA vehicle’s development started in 2007 as a company funded development project for home and export markets. Development studies from concept design till the end of test phases including qualification and validation processes, detailed design, computer aided engineering studies, are performed by Otokar.
Being the leading armoured tactical vehicle designer and manufacturer of Turkey, Otokar offers custom-tailored solutions for its customers’ expectations, with its own technology and design. Being an affiliate of Turkey’s largest conglomerate Koç Group, Otokar’s product range includes various types of armoured and soft skinned tactical vehicles for the defence industry. Otokar provides advanced solutions to meet the worldwide needs of defence, border security, peacekeeping, humanitarian relief,and public security roles. Most recently, the company is awarded as the prime contractor for ALTAY Project, Turkey’s very first National Main Battle Tank.