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Akrep special attack/defense vehicle

Akrep special attack/defense vehicle Akrep [Scorpion] is a special attack/defense vehicle developed on well proven mechanical parts and day/night vision and aiming systems. Akrep has an all-welded steel hull with some 70% of its automotive components used from the Land Rover Defender 90/110 (4x4) vehicle. With its 4x4 drive and tactical characteristics, it can serve in all terrain conditions. It is an optimized solution for missions such as convoy protection, safeguarding of strategic areas and border control.

Akrep is light in weight, fast moving and extremely maneuverable. Its high Power/Weight ratio and long travel suspension ensure mobility not only in urban conditions but also over all types of terrain in all weather conditions. With its compact dimensions and low weight, Akrep has capability of high mobility in even very narrow streets. Akrep's rugged design, using well proven off-road vehicle components available worldwide and its ease of maintenance ensure an enviable level of reliability.

Akrep's low profile, ballistic hull design and special armor protection and renowned agility are all designed to maximize its ability to survive in high threat environments. Each armor plate is laboratory tested and certified. Each panel is stamped prior to production and fully traceable. All mechanical parts of Akrep are of proven , commercially off the shelf components which maintains easy logistic support. These parts are well proven for their reliability, availability and low maintenance requirements. All systems can rapidly be controlled and maintained.

The Akrep (Scorpion) light Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) was developed by Otokar Otobus Karoseri Sanayi AS with the first prototypes being completed in May 1993 and the first production vehicles in June 1994 to serve with Trk Kara Kuvvetleri (Turkish Army). In addition to being used in the light reconnaissance role, other suggested missions include escort, perimeter control, counter-insurgency and light attack. Using a similar hull but extended slightly to the rear, the Scorpion can also serve in the role of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC).

The Akrep has an all-welded steel hull with some 70% of the automotive components being from the well-known Land Rover Defender 90/110 vehicle. The monocoque steel armour hull provides protection from small arms fire up to 7.62 mm ball ammunition fired at 90 incidence and point-blank range, and shell splinters. The layout is conventional, with the engine at the front, driver and commander in the centre, with the machine gun installation being mounted on the roof towards the rear with the gunner seated below. There is also a firing port and an associated vision device in either side of the hull and a large door in the hull rear that opens to the left. This is also provided with a firing port and a vision block above.

In the roof of the vehicle, towards the rear, is an oblong roof hatch that opens to the rear. This can be fitted with a 7.62 mm machine gun turret or alternatively, a similar remote-controlled weapon station with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun that allows protected firing from inside where all gunner controls, including ammunition feed, are situated. The vehicle can also be adapted for special missions armed with anti-tank guided weapons or surface-to-air missiles, or it can be fitted out with a ground surveillance radar or as a command and control vehicle.




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