Turkish armored vehicle manufacturer Otokar unveils ARMA II 8×8 armored vehicle.

Otokar’s ARMA armored vehicle series was launched in 2010. In addition to the 6×6 ARMA and 8×8 ARMA, today, the 8×8 ARMA II tactical wheeled armored vehicle is launched. 

On Jan. 31, the company provided information and images of the Arma II, the first 8×8 military vehicle powered by an engine developed by Turkey itself, on its website and social media accounts.

The number of ARMA series armored vehicles for foreign trade is about 500 (the UAE purchased 400). In addition, the ARMA series has collected test data from users all over the world, from swamps to deserts, from harsh winter conditions to equatorial climates. 

This data has been used in the follow-up ARMAⅡ


According to information provided by the company, the Arma II claims to offer the best ballistic, mine, and improvised explosive device (IED) protection of its class in the world, as well as off-road capability. 

The car is powered by a domestically developed 12.7-liter Ecotorq engine with 720 horsepower. Compatible with foreign engines with the same power output. Both engines have been tested and qualified and are ready for series production. The vehicle has a maximum payload of 40 tons and can accommodate heavy weapon systems up to a caliber of 120mm. 

But the Ecotorq is the first diesel engine designed and produced by Ford Otosan, primarily for use in Ford cargo trucks. The modular design of ARMA II allows it to be customized for a variety of missions.

 According to the company, the ARMA II will be able to participate in combat as a reconnaissance vehicle and a command vehicle with a large internal capacity and rapid deployment capabilities. 

While the ARMA II can perform battlefield rescue operations with properly tuned subsystems, it can perform many other functions such as maintenance and repair and rescue vehicles due to the additional capabilities provided by the tall hull structure. But ARMA II does not have the amphibious capability now.

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