One of the modifications of Otokar ARMA
Last week, the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan presented footage of tests of a new 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier of Turkish origin, which is expected to enter service with the local army. However, it has a much greater future: "a new combat vehicle is capable of replacing the outdated fleet of Soviet armored personnel carriers, which remains in service with a number of countries around the world."
This opinion is expressed on the pages of the publication 21AAR:
ARMA's biggest advantage for countries looking to replace their old tracked and wheeled armored personnel carriers (such as the BTR-60/70/80) is its 450 hp diesel engine, which provides a top speed of 105 km / h.
As noted, Otokar ARMA is one of the best wheeled armored personnel carriers created by NATO members, while it has a number of advantages in comparison with analogues from France and Germany. First of all, this concerns the buoyancy of an armored vehicle, which allows you to cross water obstacles or go to the coastline when disembarking from a landing craft.
The modular principle of Otokar ARMA makes it possible to create various modifications, depending on the requirements of the military of different countries of the world. For example, the Bahraini Armed Forces purchased ARMA in a 6x6 configuration rather than an 8x8. The UAE's Rabdan infantry fighting vehicle is one of the ARMA variants that has a turret for the Russian BMP-3. The Kazakh modification received a remotely controlled module equipped with a 30 mm 2A42 cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun. It is possible to install an ATGM, similar to the "Berezhok" complex on modernized Russian infantry fighting vehicles. The level of booking a car depends on the wishes of the customer.
If ARMA succeeds [in Kazakhstan], it will not only historical success for Otokar, but will also open up great opportunities for other Turkish military products in the local market
- the conclusion is made on the pages of the publication.
Some modifications of Otokar ARMA: