Yavuz Multi Wheeled Armored Combat Vehicle
Being the leader of the Turkish defence industry in the field of tactical and armoured vehicles, Otokar introduced an innovation in the segment of armored vehicles in Turkey, as well. Following the preliminary agreements signed in year 2002 between Otokar and Messrs. Singapore Technologies Kinetics (STK), the world’s leading ground systems engineering company in defence industry, the agreements regarding joint development of “Otokar-Yavuz”, and manufacture of the armored vehicle “Sakarya” were signed in 2003. Within the framework of these agreements, Otokar added to its range of products “Otokar-Yavuz”, the first 8x8 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle of Turkey, and “Sakarya”, the first all-terrain armored vehicle project in Turkey.
The prototype of Otokar-Yavuz, which had been custom-developed according to local conditions, and “Sakarya” were introduced to the Turkish and foreign visitors of the IDEF International Defence Industry Fair organised at Ankara for the first time. The development work of Otokar-Yavuz, which was being planned to deliver to the Turkish Land Forces for trial purposes in year 2004, was started following the fair. Trial work was started in various zones for Sakarya, which was added to the range of products in order to meet an important need of the Turkish Armed Forces, under the armor protection on any kinds of terrains such as those heavily covered with snow and mud, silt, sand, etc. Otokar has completed with Otokar-Yavuz and Sakarya its armored vehicles product range from 3.6 tons to 20.
The Otokar Yavuz was the first Turkish 8x8 armored vehicle. This armored personnel carrier is a locally-built variant of the Terrex AV81, developed by Singapore Technologies Kinetics. The Terrex AV81 armored personnel carrier was originally developed in Ireland by Timoney for Singapore Technologies Kinetics. The AV81 was developed as a private venture by STK in collaboration with Timoney Technology of Ireland. With a maximum combat weigh of 24 tonnes the Terrex AV81 is designed to be carried by a C-130.
The initial prototype unveiled in 2001 was joined by two other prototypes, including one developed in conjunction with Otokar. This APC has a number of changes, such as hull details and more advanced suspension, developed to meet requirements of Turkish land forces and possible export customers, however it received no production orders.
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