Bulgaria - Otokar participates in the HEMUS 2014 Defence, Antiterrorism & Security Fair. At the exhibition, Otokar presents ARMA 8x8 with MIZRAK turret in Pavillion 3, Booth N-1.
Highlighting the success of Otokar in international markets and the aim of opening to new markets General Manager of Otokar, Mr. Serdar GORGUC said: " At HEMUS 2014 we present our world-wide known armoured vehicle ARMA 8x8. We are willing to meet Bulgarian Armed Forces' needs with our wide range of armoured tactical wheeled and tracked vehicles."
Otokar is the leading designer, manufacturer and exporter of military vehicles in Turkey. Otokar tactical armoured vehicles are operating under many different geographical and extreme climate conditions in the world and their combat capabilities are proven in the real combat situations in high risk areas. Today, Otokar military vehicles are globally deployed in various operations under UN and NATO flags. Otokar provides the modern armies with state-of-the-art tactical vehicles in different configurations through its product spectrum that covers the full range of armoured vehicles from 4 tons up to main battle tanks. Otokar is also the prime contractor for Turkey's largest land systems program: Altay Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project. Altay project requires the design, development, production, test and qualification of a platform that will meet the technical and tactical requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command.
ARMA multi-wheel tactical armoured vehicle family
ARMA family is a new generation modular multi-wheel armoured vehicle with superior tactical and technical features. Thanks to the modularity and highly protected armoured monocoque hull design, ARMA is a modular platform that forms a basis for 6x6 and 8x8 family of vehicles with a high common logistics. ARMA's basic architecture, allows the integration of various types of mission equipment or weapon systems capable of meeting today's and future needs of the modern armies in the conventional battlefield and peace-keeping operations. ARMA, being an agile and highly maneuverable platform, can cross over long distances in a wide range of challenging terrains from deserts to arctic conditions. ARMA 8x8 carries 12 personnel and has different combat weights of 24,000 kg and 28,000 kg in different configurations. ARMA 6x6 has a combat weight of 18,500 kg and can carry up to 10 personnel including driver, commander, and gunner in its fully protected hull in APC version. Depending on the customer requirements, ARMA can be equipped with a 450hp or more powerful engines and proven driveline components to perform superior mobility on all terrain conditions. The engine is located at the right front of the vehicle, allowing a comparatively high internal volume to be efficiently and ergonomically used. Water-cooled turbo charged diesel engine capable of running on F-34 or F-54 fuel drives the wheels through an automatic gearbox and transfer box.
The independent suspension system enhanced with Run Flat Tires, built-in Central Tyres Inflation System (CTIS) and Anti-locking Brake System (ABS) improves ground mobility and ride comfort even over the roughest terrain. Vehicle's mobility is further enhanced with longitudinal and transverse differential locks and the high power to weight ratio coupled with high ground clearance and approach/departure angles. Also, ARMA provides amphibious capability by twin hydraulically driven screw-propeller with joystick control.
ARMA provides a high level of protection against ballistic and mine threats by means of high hardness monocoque steel hull. V-shaped monocoque type body structure provides high level of mine blast protection for the crew. Specially designed seats preventing body injuries such as head, neck, spinal cord and pelvis and multi-point seat belt provides safe cruising for the crew.
ARMA family, thanks to its high payload and large internal volume, allows integration of various types of mission equipment and weapon systems. Recently, several variants including CBRN Recce, EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Vehicle and Reconnaissance / Surveillance Vehicle have already been designed and manufactured.
Furthermore, with the outstanding design supporting various types of mission equipment, ARMA can be easily adapted for a wide range of roles and missions such as Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Command and Control Vehicle, Reconnaissance / Surveillance Vehicle, CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Reconnaissance Vehicle, Maintenance / Recovery Vehicle and Medical Evacuation Vehicle.
ARMA 8x8 is displayed with the Otokar designed unmanned turret system, MIZRAK-30. It is controlled by a gunner and a commander seated inside the vehicle under armour. Armour piercing, high explosive and all other types of ammunition available for the cannon can be fired. MIZRAK-30 has the latest generation digital fire control system architecture having dual-axes independently stabilized commander and gunner sights.