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Turkey’s largest private capital defense industry company, Otokar’s primary competitor is FNSS Defence Systems, another private sector defence giant in Turkey (co-owned by BAE Systems). Separately listed on the stock exchange, Otokar itself had a turnover of €554m (£414.95m) in 2013. Of this, 36% was defence business related and a small proportion was ‘other’ including items such as renting out the test facilities, but the overwhelming majority of the rest was commercial vehicles, most of it buses.

In 1987 Otokar started the production of tactical wheeled vehicles under Land Rover Defender license, and received our first major order. In 1990 Turkey’s first tactical wheeled armored vehicle was manufactured by Otokar, and Turkey’s first tactical armored vehicle was also exported. In 2008 the company was named prime contractor for the modern main battle tank production project to meet the updated requirements of Turkish Armed Forces. In 2010 Otokar added “Arma 6x6”, a multiwheeled armored vehicle, to the product range, and received two export orders in the first year. Andin 2013 Turkey’s first authentic tracked armored vehicle “Tulpar” and armoured personnel carrier “Ural” were added to the product range.

Otokar provides modern armies with state-of-the-art tactical vehicles in different configurations through its product spectrum that covers the full range of armored vehicles from 4 tonnes up to main battle tanks. Otokar military vehicles are operating under many different geographical and extreme climate conditions in the world and their combat capabilities are proven in the real combat situations in high risk areas.

Apart from being the main land systems supplier of Turkish Armed Forces, Otokar is a well-known and appreciated brand in global markets. The company has delivered over 28 thousand military vehicles to nearly 50 different users in around 30 countries. Today, Otokar vehicles are globally deployed in various operations under UN and NATO flags. Otokar is also the prime contractor for Turkey’s largest land systems program: Altay Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project.

One of the companies of Koç Group, Otokar has been providing solutions special to the needs of the customers with its own technology, design and applications since 1963. It is operating with over 2000 employees at the factory in Sakarya. extended with the 2008 acquisition of the former Otoyol premises and facilities owned by Iveco, it occupies 552,000 sqm.

Otokar has been manufacturing buses for public transportation, semi-trailers for transportation and logistics industry and tactical wheeled vehicles and tactical armored vehicles for the defense industry. Being a hundred percent Turkish capital company, Otokar is today present in the automotive and defense industries with products of which intellectual property rights are owned by it. Otokar is the leader in the bus industry and the land vehicles in the defense industry in Turkey.

In Turkey, the main industrial groups are family run enterprises with publicly recognised senior figures. Otokar is part of the biggest of these conglomerates, the Koc group, which is responsible for approximately 10% of Turkish GDP and tax and employs 80,000 people in 88 companies worldwide. It has extensive interests in four key sectors: energy, automotive, consumer durables and finance, as well as smaller holdings in a number of other areas including tourism, food and IT. Across the group revenue was €26billion (£19.47bn) in 2013 with an operating profit of €1.47bn (£1.1bn). Of this, 53% was derived from the energy operations which include Turkey’s biggest oil refinery. The automotive operations represented 20% of turnover and are not limited to bus and coach manufacturing.

Koc Group has a variety of automotive interests of which Otokar is one. Others include the Ford Otosan operation which now builds all Ford Transits as well as some other models and also imports all Ford models for the Turkish market. TOFAS has a similar set up with FIAT Group manufacturing some models and importing the rest for the Turkish market Other brands represented through importership/dealership arrangements include Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Maserati and Ferrari. Turk Tractor, a joint venture with New Holland, is the biggest tractor manufacturing company and biggest exporter of tractors in Turkey, concentrating on assembly.

Otokar maintained its leadership in the shrinking bus market for the fifth time. In 2014, 2 out of 5 buses sold in Turkey carried the Otokar brand. The same year, the Company churned out its 15,000th Sultan-branded small bus. The Company also released its 10-meter inner-city bus Doruk LE suitable for disabled passengers, and its service type bus Engelsiz Sultan Maxi which can carry up to seven individuals with wheelchairs. As per changing regulations in the European market, eco-friendly buses in compliance with Euro 6 emission standards were included in the product range.

In the public transportation segment, Otokar's product range extends from 5.8-meter minibuses to 12-meter buses. The company is especially differentiated in the integrated solutions area in city mass transportation. Otokar has stepped up its endeavours in the design of alternative fulled busses in recent years and manufactured turkey's first hybrid bus, called the "Vectio (Doruk) hibra", Turkey's first natural gas operated medium-size bus, the "Vectio CNG (Doruk DG)", and Turkey's first electric bus, the "Vectio Electra (Doruk Electra)".

Otokar produces vehicles for various categories from dry cargo transportation to frigrofic transportation and from container transportation to hazardous material transportation in line with international transportation standards. Otokar produced Turkey's first tanker semi-trailer with the ADR certificate in hazardous material transportation, as well as safe and hygienic solutions in food transportation with its frigrofic trailers.

Active in the light truck market since June 2013 with its 8.5-ton Otokar Atlas truck, the Company organized two roadshows and successfully promoted its products across Anatolia. In 2014, sales figures headed up, and the 500th truck was manufactured. In the expanding trailer market, Otokar significantly increased its sales figures. In particular, its “tarpaulin trailer suitable for train transport” and “maxi section tanker semi-trailer” models drew much attention in the market.

As Turkey’s largest private defense industry company, Otokar preserved its position as the leading land vehicle manufacturer in 2014. The URAL tactical wheeled armored vehicle, developed and commercialized in 2013 entered the national inventory in 2014. Already the choice of over 30 countries in the defense industry, Otokar included two more countries to this list in 2014.

Otokar, in the today's defense industry, is a company specialized in design, development and system integration of vehicles and platforms in the land systems. Otokar holds the intellectual property rights for tactical wheeled armoured vehicles and tracked armoured vehicle, while bringing developed R&D facilties into use for the whole sector.Moreover, Otokar develops various vehicle sub systems including turret systems to complement its land vehicles, and uses them in its products. Otokar produces wheeled military vehicles for the Turkish Armed Forces as well as other countries.

Altay MBTthe Turkish national main battle tank
Tulpar AIFVTracked Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Armored Personnel Carrierfor use also as an ambulance or armored workshop.
Yavuz8x8 tactical wheeled-armored vehicle. Its design is based on the AV-81 Terrex.
Arma6x6 - 8x8 wheeled-armored vehicle.
Akrep4x4 special attack/defense vehicle.
Engerek Special operations vehicle.
Kaya Mine Protected Vehicle.
Kale Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.
UralArmoured Internal Security Vehile
Armored Internal Security Vehicle for a usage in urban and residential areas with variants equipped as command vehicles, personnel carriers, explosive ordnance disposal vehicles, reconnaissance / surveillance vehicles, and water cannon vehicles.
Land Rover40 variants of the Defender 90, 110, and 130.
Discreetly Armored Station Wagonlooks like a standard Land Rover but with an armored body structure that meets the military standards.

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