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Tulpar

Infantry fighting vehicle

Tulpar IFV

The Otokar Tulpar is a new Turkish infantry fighting vehicle

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 25 - 40 t
Length 7.23 m
Width 3.44 m
Height 2.68 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm
Machine guns 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 208 rounds
Machine guns 500 rounds
Mobility
Engine Scania DSI 14/16 diesel
Engine power 810 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Tulpar infantry fighting vehicle was developed by Otokar as a private venture. This new Turkish armored vehicle was revealed in 2013. The Tulpar IFV is named after a mythological winged horse. Recently Otokar introduced a number of new armored vehicles. Also it is responsible for development of the new Altay main battle tank. The Tulpar is aimed both at a possible Turkish Army requirement, as well as export customers. Turkish Army might require about 400 of these vehicle. Azerbaijan already expressed interest in obtaining these IFVs.

   This new IFV shares some similarities with the German Puma. The Tulpar has modular armor. Three protection levels are available. Weight of this IFV may bay 25, 35 and 40 t, depending on protection level. It seems that front arc of the baseline vehicle provides protection against 25-mm armor-piercing projectiles. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm rounds. It seems that this vehicle survives 10 kg TNT blasts anywhere under the hull. Tuplar with maximum add-on armor can be considered as a heavy IFV. With additional armor modules it is as heavy as the famous T-72 main battle tank. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and fire suppression systems. It can be also fitted with active protection system.

   The Tulpar IFV is fitted with Mizrak 30 unmanned turret. It is armed with 30-mm dual-fed cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Also this turret can be fitted with LUMTAS long-range anti-tank guided missiles. These missiles have laser guidance.

   Vehicle is fitted with advanced observation and aiming devices. This new IFV has a lot of common subsystems with Altay MBT.

   This infantry fighting vehicle accommodates commander, gunner, driver and eight fully-equipped troops.

   It is claimed that two different engines are available on this armored vehicle. The Tulpar is available with Scania DSI 14 or DSI 16 turbocharged diesel engines. The Scania DSI 16 develops 810 hp. Engine compartment is located at the front. The Tulpar can be airlifted by the Airbus A-400M or similar military cargo aircraft.

   In 2015 a variant of Tulpar, the Tulpar-S, was revealed. It is fitted with remotelly controlled weapon station, armed with a 7.62-mm machine gun and two anti-tank missile launchers. It is possible that other variants of the Tulpar will be developed.

 

Video of the Tulpar infantry fighting vehicle

 
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