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Arma 8x8

Armored personnel carrier

Arma 8x8 APC

The Arma with 8x8 configuration is mainly aimed at export customers

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 10 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 24 t
Length 7.82 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 2.2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C9 diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 8 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Arma armored personnel carrier was developed as a private venture by Otokar to meet a Turkish Army requirement for a 6x6 amphibious wheeled armored vehicle. Development commenced in 2007 and first Arma vehicles with 6x6 configuration were revealed in 2010. This 6x6 version has been exported to Azerbaijan and Bahrain. Latter Otokar developed a larger Arma armored personnel carrier with 8x8 configuration. It has more internal volume and can accomodate more troops, or support heavier weapons. It was fists revealed in 2011. This version is mainly aimed at export customers.

   The Turkish Otokar company already developed a Yavuz APC with 8x8 configuration, which is a modified version of the Singaporean Terrex. The Yavuz received no production orders, however the new Arma 6x6 and 8x8 armored personnel carriers might be a further development of Yavuz.

   This APC has a welded steel hull. It seems that baseline armor provides all-round protection against 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Add-on armor kit can be fitted for a higher level of protection. It is likely that the Arma 8x8 withstands explosions equivalent to 8 kg of TNT. NBC protection system and automatic fire suppression systems are proposed as an option.

   This armored personnel carrier can be fitted with various armament. Prototypes have been fitted with a shielded 12.7 mm machine gun, remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. Also Otokar proposes a version with its Mizrak-30 remotely controlled turret, armed with a 30 mm cannon. So the actual weapons of the Arma 8x8 can be tailored to suit customer requirements.

   The turretless Arma 8x8 has a crew of two and accommodates 10 fully-equipped soldiers. Version with turret has a crew of three and can carry 9 troops. Dismounts enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit. Commander and driver use their own doors, located on the left side of the hull. There are firing ports and associated vision blocks provided for the dismounts.

   The Arma 8x8 is powered by a Caterpillar C9 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Engine is located at the front of the hull. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a hydropmenumatic suspension. However it is also available with traditional type suspension with telescopic shock absorbers and helical springs. This APC has 8x4 configuration with selectable 8x8 mode. It uses 8x4 configuration on hard surface roads and 8x8 off-road. Both two front axles are steerable. A central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres are fitted as standard.

   This APC has amphibious capability. However amphibious propulsion system is proposed as an option. Once fitted with amphibious kit, water this APC is propelled by two waterjets. Amphibious speed on water is 8 km/h.

   The 8x8 Arma can be airlifted by a C-130 Hercules or larger military aircraft.

    The baseline Arma 8x8 can be adapted to suit many roles. Proposed versions include an air defense missile carrier.

 

Variants

 

   Rabdan is an 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle, produced in the United Arab Emirates. It is a further development of the Arma, fitted with a complete Russian BMP-3M turret and heavier armor. This vehicle is armed with a main 100 mm gun, which can fire standard HE-FRAG projectiles, or launch anti-tank guided missiles. Also there are coaxial 20 mm cannon and 7.62 mm machine gun. The Rabdan is slightly bigger and heavier. It weights 28 t opposed to 24 t of a baseline Turkish Arma 8x8. In 2017 United Arab Emirates ordered 400 of these armored vehicles.

 

Video of the Arma 8x8 armored personnel carrier

 
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