Turkey’s Otokar demonstrates armored vehicles in Peru defense fair

Otokar's Arma 8x8 tailored for Kazakhstan seen during a test run in the Central Asian country, Kazakhstan, March 1, 2021. (Photo by Kazakhstan Defense Ministry via AA)

Turkish military and civil land vehicles manufacturer Otokar is showcasing its latest armored land vehicles at the International Exhibition of Technology for the Defense and Prevention of Disasters (SITDEF) which is being held for the eighth time this year in the Peruvian capital Lima.

The Turkish company’s products that are on display at the fair which kicked off Oct. 28 and will run through Oct. 31. include Arma 8×8 and Ural tactical wheeled armored vehicles.

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

It has an armored monocoque V-shaped steel hull and has a large internal capacity despite a low silhouette.

The modular design of the vehicle enables the installation of a range of weapons systems and equipment based on particular mission requirements.

The vehicle allows for the transportation of a maximum of 12 personnel, including a driver and a commander.

The Turkish conglomerate Koç Holding owned-company, meanwhile, has increased its turnover by 53% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period of the previous year. Operating in more than 60 countries on five continents with products whose intellectual property rights are completely owned by them, Otokar also increased exports by 41% compared to the same period of the previous year, Otokar’s nine-month exports amounted to $224 million (TL 2.16 billion) with a net profit of TL 516.4 million ($53.67 million).

Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said earlier this week that while the company continues to work for new projects in export markets, it also had great success in terms of newly recently won tenders in the domestic market.

Otokar has delivered 364 buses that it produced for western Izmir province’s public transportation within a short period of seven months after receiving the order, Görgüç exemplified.

“We exported natural gas-powered buses to Ukraine,” he also said, while having already successfully delivered 4×4 and 8×8 armored vehicles before.

Most recently, in October last year, Otokar signed an export deal with an undisclosed African country for the sale of the Arma 8×8 along with the company’s other 4×4 tactical wheeled armored vehicles. Kazakhstan, who purchased the same vehicle, tested the Arma 8x8s earlier this March.

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