Company BMC from Turkey unveils new ZMA 8x8 armored vehicle


According to a picture published on Twitter on January 23, 2021, the Turkish company BMC has unveiled a new 8x8 armored vehicle dubbed ZMA. The new vehicle has been developed under the New Generation Light Armored Vehicles (YNHZA) Project for the Turkish Army.
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New Turkish-made BMC 8x8 armored vehicle ZMA. (Picture source Twitter account Yusuf Akbaba)


The new ZMA 8x8 armored vehicle has been fully designed and developed by the Turkish company BMC, which is also the lead company for the production of the Turkish local-made Altay MBT (Main Battle Tank).

According to information published by the Railly News website, the ZMA 8x8 armored vehicle has a weight of 30 tons and is powered by an Azra 600 hp engine also developed by the company BMC.

The ZMA 8x8 armored vehicle is fitted with the unmanned turret Korhan developed by the Turkish company Aselsan. The turret is a new generation armored combat system offering a high level of firepower. It is equipped with advanced target detection and tracking systems called SPOT as well as the latest technology of self-protection systems.

The Korhan unmanned weapon station is armed with one 35mm automatic cannon made by the Turkish company MKE. The cannon is able to fire Airburst Ammunition developed and produced domestically by ASELSAN without any external dependency. For the main gun, there are 100 ammunitions available in the turret, and 200 pieces of spare ammunition are stored in the vehicle. The second armament of the turret includes one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

The Korhan turret is also equipped with new generation communication systems developed by ASELSAN to meet the intensive communication needs of today’s battlefield. The system also has all the ability to perform tasks within the command and control network to coordinate with the elements to be jointly worked.


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