Turkish Otokar Delivers Arma APC To Ugandan Army

An Arma armored combat vehicle on display at the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF'17) held in Istanbul (Photo courtesy Daily Sabah)

Turkish Otokar delivers an unknown numbers of Arma 8×8 APC and Cobra 4×4 APC to Ugandan Army.

Last year, Turkish defense company and automotive manufacturer Otokar signed an export agreement worth $110 million for the sale of military vehicles to Uganda.

In October 2020, Otokar announced that it had signed a contract to supply 100 Arma 8×8 and Cobra II armored vehicles to an African country which it declined to name. It marked the first contract for the export of the Arma 8×8 to an African country. Delivery is scheduled to begin in early 2021 and be completed by the end of 2022, reported Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah.

A statement declared that the agreement includes Arma 8x8s and Cobra II 4×4 tactical wheeled armored vehicles, as well as spare parts and training services.

The defense manufacturer said that it is the first Arma 8×8 order from an African country, which hasn’t been disclosed yet.

Despite the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Otokar continues to increase its exports of armored vehicles, which it designs in-house and for which the says stand out for their high level of protection and superior mobility.

Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç, whose views were included in the company statement, said that the armored vehicles are preferred in the international arena, displaying worldwide the nation’s defense industry capabilities as well as Turkey’s engineers and workers’ efforts.

While the deal came from a country that the company has exported to before, this “means that the customer was pleased with the vehicles it included in its inventory, going with Otokar again,” Görgüç said.

Turkish Otokar Cobra 4×4 armored vehicles with Ugandan Presidential Guard.

The company said deliveries will begin in 2021 and will be completed by the end of 2022. The contract will come into effect following the completion of the letter of guarantee, the advance payment getting received and the necessary export permits being obtained.

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Otokar’s Arma 8×8 is the newest member of the vehicle development program that was initially kicked off in 2007. It was unveiled at the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) held in Istanbul in May 2011. The new generation modular, multi-wheel armored vehicle is said to have superior tactical and technical features and is a multipurpose platform that allows for the integration of various mission equipment and weapons systems.

Thanks to its flexible design, the Arma 8×8 can be tailored to different missions in the field, including as a personnel carrier, command or reconnaissance vehicle, infantry fighting vehicle, maintenance and recovery vehicle, mobile gun carrier, radar vehicle or CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) reconnaissance vehicle.

A subsidiary of leading Turkish conglomerate Koç Holding, Otokar vehicles currently offer services to over 50 customers in more than 35 countries.

The company has subsidiaries and joint ventures in France, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Romania and most recently in November 2019, announced a new branch, Otokar Central Asia, in Kazakhstan.

The local commercial and military vehicle manufacturer has over 30 years of experience in both engineering and design in the field of military hardware. It supplies both NATO and the United Nations while retaining a good deal of intellectual property rights over its products.

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