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11 May 17. Nurol unveils modular 4×4. The latest Turkish company to develop a new armoured vehicle is Nurol Makina. It has put on display its NMS 4×4 vehicle at IDEF 2017 for the first time and to be fair it looks like they have done a good job, it certainly looks the part.
Nurol is better known for its civil security vehicles decorated in the usual black and it is different from the company’s Ilgaz and Ejder vehicles parked next door. Nurol did produce a 6×6 Ejder APC ten years ago that secured sales to Georgia.
But even though the NMS is built to a more military spec and is in a desert beige colour, a company spokesperson told Shephard the NMS 4×4 is designed for both civil and military sectors, for ‘all markets everywhere’ by his account.
Company information states that it is designed for combat areas ‘against the most aggressive and asymmetric threats’ and can do missions ranging from troop transport to carrying weapon systems.
Despite the mean look of the vehicle it may be hard to break into an established 4×4 market. However, the spokesperson insisted that the NMS vehicle’s attributes offered more than its rivals.
According to him it is a lightweight vehicle with a much higher payload of 4t. Company literature states the vehicle gross weight is 10t. He also said that the ballistic and mine protection is to level three using composite armour to keep the overall vehicle weight down.
Naturally lower weight makes it more mobile, especially over rough terrain. Other mobility features include a 300hp engine, six speed automatic transmission, front and rear fully independent suspension, 4×4 continuous drive and a low centre of gravity that gives better road grip. It also has a dual circuit, disc on every wheel with ABS brakes. It can reach a top speed of 140km/h, has a range of 700km and a 6m turning circle.
One particular feature the spokesperson highlighted was the higher approach and departure angles of 54° and 62° when traversing obstacles, which he said was high for this type of vehicle.
NMS 4×4 is modular and any subsystems required by a customer can be fitted to the vehicle, such as CBRN systems, fire suppression, etc. It is available in three main configurations: scout, air defence (with 40mm AGL or air defence missiles fitted) and with an open rear section.
There is space for nine people including the crew. It is 4.9m-long and 2.4m-wide with a height of 2.1m not including a roof-mounted 7.62mm or .50 cal remote weapon station. The spokesperson said that the vehicle has 360° camera coverage and the ballistic glass protection can be increased to the same as the armour with the addition of laminate layers. The vehicle on display at IDEF 2017 was the scout variant fitted with a Turkish RWS that the spokesperson was not allowed to name. It was also equipped with a Figes mast mounted EO/IR system and a Golight light system. The vehicle certainly seems well designed for every environment and has a nice look about it, so time to see if it can secure some sales. (Source: Shephard)
11 May 17. Increased insurgency-related violence in Turkey and more turmoil in regional conflict zones have led to a surge in competition among Turkish armored vehicle producers. A United Nations report on human rights in southeast Turkey says about 2,000 people were killed in security operations in the area between July 2015 and December 2016. The report also estimates between 355,000 to 500,000 people are displaced in the area.
“The local and nearby markets are flourishing. … And so are the technological capabilities of Turkish producers,” said one London-based Turkey specialist at IDEF’17, the biannual Turkish defense and aerospace exhibition. “This is good and bad news. Good because rivalry sharpens contenders in earning advanced capabilities and reducing costs. And bad