Turkey's Otokar to begin production of new military vehicles

Turkey is ready to start mass production of the Tulpar armored combat vehicle, pro-government newspaper Sabah reported on Saturday.

The vehicle has been developed with the intention of supplying militaries in other countries around the world, according to Serdar Görgüç, General Manager of Otokar, the Turkish defence and automobile company responsible for production.

“The test performance of the vehicles, which were developed to meet the needs of different countries in global markets, as well as feedback from potential users has been quite satisfactory,” Görgüç said.

According to Sabah, the vehicle is also designed to integrate with the capabilities of NATO member countries.

“The vehicle has several configurations, including light tank, armored personnel carrier, armored combat vehicle, reconnaissance, command control, air defense, mortar and ambulance”, Sabah reported.

The first version of the Tulpar, the IFV, was unveiled at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in May 2013. A lighter version, the Tulpar-S, was unveiled at the same exhibition in 2015.

Transport news site RaillyNews reported on Oct. 15 that Otokar recently completed firing tests of the Tulpar. In a statement, Otokar said "Our TULPAR Armored Combat Vehicle, which allows the integration of manned or unmanned weapon systems, mortar and air defense systems with its modular structure, successfully completed the firing tests in Şereflikoçhisar."

The Armoured Personnel Carrier version of the vehicle was exhibited last year at the London DSEI arms fair. This vehicle is designed to complement the main Turkish Altay battle tank.