ARMA 8x8 Multi Wheeled Armored Combat Vehicle
ARMA 8x8 has a 24,000kg combat weight and is able to carry a driver, commander and 10 dismounts in its fully NBC-protected hull. When empty (17 tonnes) and in its standard configuration (with a 12.7mm RCWS turret), the ARMA 8x8 is fully air transportable in a C-130 Hercules or the A400M transport aircraft. Otokar had completed the production of four ARMA 8x8 prototypes, each equippedwith different weapon stations: a 12.7mm Rafael Mini-Samson RCWS, a 20mm Nexter,a 12.7mm HB and a Mizrak-30 RCWS armed with a 30mm Mauser Mk30-2 automatic gun.
ARMA 8x8 is a new generation modular multi-wheel armored vehicle with superior tactical and technical features. Thanks to the modularity and highly protected armored monocoque hull design, ARMA is a modular platform that forms a basis for 6x6 and 8x8 family of vehicles with a high common logistics. ARMA's basic architecture, allows the integration of various types of mission equipment or weapon systems capable of meeting today's and future needs of the modern armies in the conventional battlefield and peace-keeping operations. ARMA, being an agile and highly manoeuvrable platform, can cross over long distances in a wide range of challenging terrains from deserts to arctic conditions.
ARMA 8x8 carries 12 personnel and has different combat weights of 24,000 kg and 28,000 kg in different configurations. Depending on the customer requirements, ARMA can be equipped with a 450hp or more powerful engines and proven driveline components to perform superior mobility on all terrain conditions. The engine is located at the right front of the vehicle, allowing a comparatively high internal volume to be efficiently and ergonomically used. Water-cooled turbo charged diesel engine capable of running on F-34 or F-54 fuel drives the wheels through an automatic gearbox and transfer box.
The independent suspension system enhanced with Run Flat Tires, built-in Central Tyres Inflation System (CTIS) and Anti-locking Brake System (ABS) improves ground mobility and ride comfort even over the roughest terrain. Vehicle's mobility is further enhanced with longitudinal and transverse differential locks and the high power to weight ratio coupled with high ground clearance and approach/departure angles. Also, ARMA provides amphibious capability by twin hydraulically driven screw-propeller with joystick control.
ARMA provides a high level of protection against ballistic and mine threats by means of high hardness monocoque steel hull. V-shaped monocoque type body structure provides high level of mine blast protection for the crew. Specially designed seats preventing body injuries such as head, neck, spinal cord and pelvis and multi-point seat belt provides safe cruising for the crew.
ARMA family, thanks to its high payload and large internal volume, allows integration of various types of mission equipment and weapon systems. Furthermore, with the outstanding design supporting various types of mission equipment, ARMA can be easily adapted for a wide range of roles and missions such as Personnel Carrier, Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Command and Control Vehicle, Reconnaissance / Surveillance Vehicle, CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear) Reconnaissance Vehicle, Maintenance / Recovery Vehicle and Medical Evacuation Vehicle.
In February 2017, during the IDEX 2017 Fair, Otokar signed a deal worth US$661 Million to build 400 ‘RABDAN’ 8x8 Amphibious Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs, based on ARMA 8x8 and fitted with a Russian-made two-man turret armed with a 100 mm 2A70 gun, a 30 mm 2A72 coaxial cannon and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Land Forces. The ‘RABDAN’ 8x8 Amphibious IFVs will be manufactured both at Otokar facilities in Turkey and by Al-Jasoor, a Joint Venture company between Otokar LS and Heavy Vehicles Industries of Tawazun at the Tawazun Industrial Park manufacturing facilities in Abu Dhabi. According to the contract signed in February 2017, the production of the first 100 vehicles will be accomplished at Otokar’s facilities. To this end, Otokar started the delivery of the RABDAN IFVs to the UAE Land Forces in the last quarter of 2018 (October/November). In this context the first RABDAN armored vehicles out of production successfully completed acceptance tests at the Otokar plant in Sakarya as well as amphibious and firing tests in the Gulf, and the first batch was delivered to the UAE. Following the delivery of the first batch of RABDAN IFVs late last year, the vehicles were included in the inventory of the UAE Armed Forces.
As of February 2019, a total of 30 vehicles were delivered, and this number is expected to reach 120 by the end of 2019. According to the contract, the first 100 vehicles would be built at the Otokar plant in Sakarya and the remaining vehicles will be built at the Tawazun Industrial Park facility in Abu Dhabi. In this context, Otokar started the mass production of RABDAN vehicles in 2017. Due to the urgent need of the UAE Land Forces, deliveries are being carried out 4-5 months ahead of the schedule specified in the contract. In this context, a workshop was established by Otokar/Al Jasoor in the UAE for the final assembly of vehicles. Otokar/Al Jasoor has also started training activities for the crew (driver, vehicle commander, gunner) and maintenance personnel of RABDAN IFVs in the UAE. In this context, delivery of the training support equipment was completed in early February. Otokar also is conducting negotiations with UAE for the second phase that covers the delivery of further 300 vehicles in various configurations. According to sources, the UAE Army also has a plan to order a further 500 RABDAN IFVs under the third phase of the project.
According to the first technical specifications released by the UAE Company Al Jasoor Heavy Vehicles Industries, the RABDAN has the capacity to carry a total 12 personnel including driver and commander. It has gross vehicle weight (GVW) from 28,000 kg to 30,000 kg. The RABDAN is powered with a Caterpillar 12,5 liter diesel engine developing 600hp coupled to an Allison 4500 automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse gear. The RABDAN has a top speed of 105km/h and a cruising range of 700km. The RABDAN offers ballistic protection up to STANAG Level 4 and mine protection up to STANAG Level 4a/b. The vehicle is fully amphibious and propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 10km/h thanks to two propellers mounted under the hull rear. The 8x8 vehicle is fitted with a two-man BMP-3 turret, which is armed with one 100mm 2A70 semi-automatic rifled gun/missile launcher as the main armament and one 30mm 2A72 coaxial cannon and one 7,62mm PKT coaxial machine gun as the second armament.
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