Tunisia to purchase armoured vehicles by Turkey's BMC

Tunisia is set to purchase armoured vehicles produced by leading Turkish defence contractor BMC as part of the company’s new deal with the country’s Interior Ministry, Daily Sabah reported on Sunday. 

The contract follows the İzmir-based company winning the "International Armoured Vehicle Tender" of the Tunisian Interior Ministry for the production of nine 4x4 Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicles (MPAVs).

The armoured vehicles will be produced entirely at the request of the Tunisian ministry and BMC will provide integrated logistics support solutions, it said.

As part of the deal, BMC for the first time is set to produce for the global market midrange armoured vehicles, which are currently used by the Turkish military.

BMC, a leading Turkey-based maker of trucks, buses and military vehicles, is 49.9 percent owned by the Qatari military. The remaining shares are controlled by the Öztürk family and businessman Ethem Sancak, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Erdoğan granted BMC the use for 25 years of a state-owned tank factory worth $20 billion in a decree signed in January 2019, without opening the factory to tender.