ARMA 8x8 Otokar
Modular wheeled armored vehicle Turkey
ARMA 8x8 is a new generation modular multi-wheel armored vehicle with superior tactical and technical features. Thanks to the modularity and highly protected armored monocoque hull design, ARMA 8x8 is a multipurpose platform allowing the integration of various types of mission equipment or weapon systems that can meet the current needs of the modern armies in real battlefield and peacemaking operations. The ARMA 8x8 is developed, designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company Otokar.
ARMA vehicle development program was started in the date of 2007. Concept design, detailed design and engineering studies were completed within 2008. Mine blast effects, mobility performances, hydrostatic stability, driving comfort and other features were analyzed by using special engineering tools and simulations. First prototypes were produced at the beginning of 2009 and validation tests regarding trials, durability, driveline durability, reliability, hot and cold climate tests were performed successfully. Furthermore, a mine blast mock-up was produced simultaneously and explosion tests were performed successfully within 2010.
Otokar carried on an 8X8 version of the family which was initially unveiled at IDEF Istanbul in May 2011. The production and product development studies have been conducted and the new member of the ARMA family has already taken its place in the market. The production can commence when orders are placed. In the last 2 years, ARMA proved its performance and mobility under diverse conditions in trials and capability demonstration runs at different GCC countries.
ARMA 8x8 Variants:
ARMA vehicle has an adaptable platform for evolving mission needs in a modern battlefield. The vehicle can be offered with the integration of different equipment and accessories on the base platform. Flexible design enables it to be easily adapted for a wide range of roles and missions such as :
- Personnel Carrier
- Command Vehicle
- Reconnaissance / Surveillance Vehicle
- Radar Vehicle
- Infantry Fighting Vehicle
- Mobile Gun Carrier
- CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle
- Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle
- Anti-Tank Guided Missile Vehicle
The Rabdan 8x8 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is based on the Otokar Arma 8x8. This vehicle is produced by Al Jasoor Heavy Vehicles Industries, a joint company established by Otokar and Tawazun in UAE. The Rabdan was unveiled at IDEX 2017.
ARMA family, due to its high payload capacities, allows integration with various types of mission equipment and weapon systems. ARMA supports weapon stations like open cupola, closed turret weapon station, remote control weapon station, medium, and high caliber weapon systems.
Some of the weapon systems that can be integrated to ARMA are:
- Open Cupola with like 5.56 mm, 7.62 mm, 12.7 mm, 14.5 mm and 20 mm Machine Gun or Automatic Grenade Launcher
A variety of weapon stations offering a wide range from self-defense to direct fire support capabilities can be configured according to customer requirements.
|Design and protection|
ARMA 8x8 vehicles are designed by considering future and present mission requirements. Vehicle architecture allows the integration of a wide range of mission equipment and specific turret systems. Basic monocoque type body and double-wall V-shaped hull structure provide exceptional protection to the crew against ballistic and mine threats. Modular armor kits providing different ballistic protection can be mounted rapidly to bolt-on armor and additional protection against higher threats can be provided optionally.
ARMA 8X8 has a 24,000 kg gross weight and carries a driver, commander and 10 personnel in its fully protected hull. ARMA 8x8 vehicles is transportable by rail, sea, and air (C-130 and larger aircraft).
ARMA can provide a high level of protection against ballistic and mine threats by means of a high hardness monocoque steel hull and all personnel is seated on individual mine-protected seats. The crew compartment has firing ports and bulletproof observation windows together with two roof hatches and the crew members can rapidly enter and leave the vehicle via one door in the rear.
ARMA 8x8 is equipped with a 450hp powerful engine and proven driveline components to perform superior mobility on all-terrain conditions. Water-cooled turbo diesel engine capable of running on F-34 or F-54 fuel drives the wheels through an automatic gearbox and single-speed transfer box.
The engine is located at the right front of the vehicle, allowing a comparably high internal volume to be efficiently and ergonomically used. With this internal layout, all the personnel especially the commander can keep eye contact continuously with each other.
The independent suspension system enhanced with Run Flat Tires, built-in Central Tyres Inflation System (CTIS) and Anti-locking Brake System (ABS) improves ground mobility and ride comfort even over the roughest terrain. The vehicle’s mobility is further enhanced with longitudinal and transverse differential locks and the high power to weight ratio coupled with high ground clearance and approach/departure angles.
|ARMA 8x8 is amphibious and driven by 2 hydraulically driven propellers in the water allowing a high seagoing performance with pivot turn capability. Standard equipment of the ARMA 8x8 includes a hydraulically operated ramp door, rearview camera, thermal front camera, air conditioning/heater, blackout lighting system, and radio provisions.|
|12,7 mm machine gun circular station, swivel station for 7,62 mm machine gun, or 40 mm grenade launcher or anti-tank missile launcher, weapon systems 20/30mm or weapon systems 90/105/120 mm||Modular Ballistic protection. High level of protection against ballistic and mines.|
|UAE: In 2017 UAE purchased 400 Rabdan 8x8 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) based on the Otokar Arma 8x8. This vehicle is produced by Al Jasoor Heavy Vehicles Industries, a joint company established by Otokar and Tawazun in UAE. Kazakhstan, Turkey||24,000 kg|
|Turkey Otokar||105 km/h maximum road speed; Water speed:8 km/h|
|Ramp door, rearview camera, thermal front camera, air conditioning/heater, blackout lighting system, and radio provisions, self-recovery winch, NBC protection kit, run-flat device, Intercom, Navigation systems GPS/INS, Auxilliary Power Unit,||700 km|
|2 (driver and commander) + 10 people||Length: 7,82 m; Width: 2,7 m; Height: 2,22 m|
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