Nurol Makina integrates Aselsan Alkar 120mm mortar system in Ejder Yalçın armored vehicle

Turkish armored vehicle manufacturer Nurol Makina has completed a new configuration of its Ejder Yalçın 4x4 tactical wheeled armored vehicle (TWAV), Daily Sabah reports. The vehicle is now able to fire mortars with an integrated new system.
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Ejder Yalçın 4x4 tactical wheeled armored vehicle with integrated Alkar 120mm mortar system made by Aselsan (Picture source: Nurol Makina)

The Ejder Yalçın tactical wheeled armored vehicle completed its qualification tests as a mortar vehicle using the new configuration, an Anadolu Agency (AA) report said on February 9.

The Alkar 120mm Mortar Weapon System and subsystems used in the retrofit were also developed domestically by the Turkish defense company Aselsan. It is integrated on a turret equipped with an automatic barrel laying system, an automatic ammunition loading system, a recoil mechanism and a fire control system.

The Ejder Yalçın is available in different configurations with which the new vehicle can jointly operate. : air defense vehicle, command-control vehicle, combat vehicle, personnel carrier, mine/improvised explosive device (IED) detection-destruction vehicle, ambulance, radar vehicle, jammer (signal interceptor) vehicle, anti-tank guided missile vehicle launcher, surveillance and security vehicle, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense vehicle.

Nurol Makina's armored vehicle family consists of the Ejder Toma, the Ejder Yalçın, the Ejder Kunter, the Ilgaz and the Yörük. Late in 2020, five Turkish defense companies signed a $150 million export agreement with Tunisia. The Ejder Yalçın is one of the vehicle types that will be exported to this Maghreb country. Nurol Makina has already exported to countries like Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Qatar and it is expanding its target customer area into Europe and South Asia, as Hungary, Romania and Malaysia have occasionally shown interest in its products.