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Kirpi 6x6

Mine resistant ambush protected vehicle

Kirpi 6x6 MRAP

The Kirpi 6x6 MRAP is based on the automotive components of the BMC 6x6 military truck

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel up to 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 18 t
Length 7.1 m
Width 2.51 m
Height 2.86 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine Cummins ISL9E3 diesel
Engine power 375 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 100 km/h
Range ~ 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The Kirpi 6x6 is a Turkish mine resistant ambush protected vehicle. It is named after a hedgehog. It is version of the Kirpi with 4x4 configuration. It was developed by the Turkish BMC company. Significant number of original Kirpi 4x4 MRAP vehicles are in service with the Turkish army and law enforcement forces. It seems that development of the 6x6 version was carried out as a private venture. As of 2016 it reportedly received no production orders.

   The Kirpi 6x6 was specially designed to withstand blasts from mines and improvised explosive devices. Such mine resistant ambush protected vehicles are typically used in hostile areas, where mine threat is present. The original Kirpi with 4x4 configuration has seen service during various military operations, that Turkey was recently evolved in, and proved to be a capable vehicle.

   The Kirpi 6x6 is based on the automotive components of the BMC 380-26P 6x6 military truck. Essentially it is a slightly longer version of the Kirpi 4x4 with an added axle. It has more internal volume and can can carry more payload.

   Vehicle has a V-shaped hull, which deflects mine blasts away. Crew and passengers are seated on integrated mine resistant seats, that absorb violent force and pressure generated by mine blasts. The Kirpi 6x6 withstands mine blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT. Also this vehicle can be fitted with a jamming system, which blocks signals that detonate the roadside bombs.

   Armored hull provides all-round protection against 7.62x51 mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is fitted with an automatic fire suppression system.

   The Kirpi 6x6 has a crew of 3, including vehicle commander, driver and gunner. It accommodates up to 12 passengers. Crew and troops enter and leave the vehicle via side door or rear ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing, and emergency exit, in case the vehicle is overturned. Crew and troops enter and leave the vehicle via side door or rear ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing, and emergency exit, if the vehicle is overturned.

   The Kirpi 6x6 has a shielded machine gun position on top of the roof. It is operated manually and can rotate through 360 degrees. This MRAP can be armed with a single 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. This vehicle is also available with remotely-controlled weapons station. Furthermore there are numerous firing port provided for the troops. Most of them have associated vision blocks. So passengers can fire their individual weapons.

   This mine protected vehicle is powered by an 8.9-liter Cummins ISL9E3 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 375 hp. Engine is mated to Allison automatic transmission with 6 forward and 1 reverse speeds. The 6x6 Kirpi has improved cross-country mobility comparing with the 4x4 version due to the extra axle. Vehicle is fitted with run-flat tyres and central tyre inflation system. This system improves cross-country mobility over various types of terrain. The Kirpi 6x6 is also fitted with a front-mounted self-recovery winch.

 

 
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