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Tracked APC Vehicles.

Tulpar-S.

The TULPAR-S is a new generation multi-purpose tracked armored combat vehicle developed by the Turkish company Otokar. First revealed at the IDEF 2015 International Defense Industry Exhibition in Istanbul, this platform represents an evolution of the original Tulpar infantry fighting vehicle introduced in 2013.

Country Users: Turkiye

Description

The TULPAR-S is a new generation multi-purpose tracked armored combat vehicle developed by the Turkish company Otokar. First revealed at the IDEF 2015 International Defense Industry Exhibition in Istanbul, this platform represents an evolution of the original Tulpar infantry fighting vehicle introduced in 2013. The TULPAR-S is designed to fulfill a variety of roles on the modern battlefield, from troop transport to combat infantry support serving as a tank, maintenance vehicle, or ambulance.

Otokar, an important entity of Koc Group, is the main supplier of land systems to the Turkish Armed Forces. With a rich heritage in defense manufacturing, Otokar offers an extensive range that covers a wide range of military vehicles, including the Arma 6x6 and Arma 8x8 multi-purpose wheeled armored vehicles, the agile and adaptable Cobra II tactical vehicle and the innovative Akrep II electric vehicle. motorized armored vehicle. Otokar's global footprint is significant, with exports to approximately 30 countries across five continents, underscoring its position as a key player in the defense industry. The company prides itself on its ability to quickly analyze and respond to the varied requirements of nearly 50 customers worldwide, ensuring that its solutions are both innovative and reliable.

This new-generation vehicle is characterized by its amphibious capabilities and high payload capacity, allowing it to adapt to a multitude of operational requirements and missions of land forces. The TULPAR-S features a durable steel hull and flexible architecture that, combined with its rubber tracks, provide exceptional mobility over various terrains and harsh environmental conditions.

Tulpar-S Otokar variants:

- Infantry Fighting Vehicle  
- Armoured Weapon Carrier 
- Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle 
- Command and Control
- Ambulance

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Technical Data

  • Armament

    Tulpar-S can be armed with different weapon systems, depending on the mission requirements, including an Aselsan-designed anti-tank missile launching system (AT MLS), Kornet-E anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun.
    Design and protection

  • Design and protection

    The Tulpar-S features a modular design with the engine at the front, the crew compartment in the middle, and a versatile rear section that can be adapted for different operational needs. The vehicle's armor is designed to provide protection against small arms fire and shell splinters, with additional add-on armor available to enhance protection. The Tulpar-S is engineered with a modular armor system, providing customizable protection levels to meet various operational demands. Its ballistic defense is augmented by a mine-resistant, double-layer welded structure, a shock-absorbing floating floor, mine-blast-resistant seats, and spall liners within the crew compartment for enhanced survivability. Accommodating a commander, driver, and eight fully equipped infantrymen, ingress and egress are facilitated by a hydraulic ramp with an integrated escape hatch at the vehicle's rear, complemented by top deck hatches for the driver and commander. The vehicle's robust steel hull is complemented by a flexible architecture and rubber tracks, ensuring superior mobility across diverse landscapes. Measuring 5.7 meters in length, 2 meters in height, and 2.9 meters in width, with a combat weight of 15 tons, it offers a spacious interior for its crew. 

  • Mobility

    The TULPAR-S armored tactical vehicle boasts exceptional mobility, powered by a robust 360 HP, 6-cylinder diesel engine, paired with an Alisson transmission system featuring 4 forward and 2 reverse gears with a torque converter. Its advanced cooling pack, developed by OTOKAR, ensures sustained performance across a broad spectrum of climatic conditions. The vehicle's agility is evident in its ability to climb vertical obstacles of up to 800 mm and traverse trenches of up to 2,6 meters wide. It can handle gradients of 60% and side slopes of 30%, thanks to a suspension system that includes torsion bars with shock absorbers, and offers the option of rubber or steel tracks with replaceable pads for varied terrain adaptability. The TULPAR-S integrates a Cummins diesel engine coupled with an Allison transmission, enhancing maneuverability and control. This tracked vehicle can reach speeds exceeding 70 km/h and cover a range of 500 km, with the capability to climb steep grades and negotiate significant side slopes. Its electrical system is robust, featuring a 24V DC setup with maintenance-free batteries. Designed for versatility, the TULPAR-S can operate effectively on rugged terrains and is amphibious, utilizing rubber-band tracks for propulsion in water, thus eliminating the need for propellers. This combination of features ensures that the TULPAR-S remains highly mobile in a variety of combat and reconnaissance scenarios.

  • Combat Equipment

    The TULPAR-S armored vehicle is outfitted with a comprehensive suite of combat equipment designed to enhance its operational effectiveness and crew survivability. It features an integrated communication system, including a radio and internal speech setup, allowing for seamless coordination among troops. The vehicle is equipped with smoke grenade launchers on both sides of the turret for immediate self-defense and concealment on the battlefield. Survivability systems are a cornerstone of the TULPAR-S, encompassing a life support system with air conditioning and CBRN filtration to protect against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. The vehicle's protection is further bolstered by an automatic fire suppression and detonation system. For command and control, the vehicle is equipped with advanced sighting systems for both the commander and driver, including multiple periscopes and rear-mounted daylight and thermal cameras, ensuring superior situational awareness both day and night. The onboard combat information system integrates tactical intelligence and fire-control data, while a global positioning system maintains real-time location tracking. Additionally, the vehicle includes auxiliary systems such as an auxiliary power unit (APU) and a pre-heating system, as well as anti-blast seats to mitigate the impact of explosions.

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Specifications

  • Armament

    Aselsan-designed anti-tank missile launching system (AT MLS), Kornet-E anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), Otokar BASOK 7,62mm co-axial machine gun

  • Country users

    Turkiye

  • Designer Country

    Turkiye

  • Combat Equipment

    Radio, control screen, internal speech system, smoke grenade launchers mounted on both sides of the turret, auxiliary power unit, survivability systems such as life support system (composed of AC and CBRN filtration), day and night sight systems, onboard combat information system, automatic fire suppression system, air conditioning unit, auxiliary systems such as APU and Pre-heating system, anti-blast seats

  • Crew

    2 + 8 soldiers

  • Armor

    Floor: Level 2 STANAG 4569
    Hull: Level 3 STANAG 4569

  • Vehicle Weight

    17,000 kg

  • Speed Vehicle

    70 km/h maximum road speed, 8 km/h on water 

  • Range Vehicle

    500 km

  • Dimensions

    Length: 5.7 meters; Width: 2.9 meters; Height: 2.1 meters

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