According to the data announced by the United Nations (UN) Conventional Arms Registry – UNROCA, 2021 armored vehicles were delivered to 11 different countries by Turkish companies in 338. According to the data, Turkey made its armored vehicle exports to Asia, Africa and Europe.
Countries to which Turkey exports / deliveries of armored vehicles in 2021:
Turkey's sales of 2019 armored vehicles in 259 increased by approximately 7,72% to 2020 units in 279. In 2021, 2020 vehicles were exported (delivered) to 21,50 countries with an increase of 11% compared to 338. In 2020, exports were made to 9 countries.
In addition, the data includes the vehicles delivered, not the vehicles that the companies will deliver or the contract has been signed. In 2018, Turkey's armored vehicle exports reached the highest level of the last ten years with 309 vehicles. After the decline in 2019, the number of deliveries continued to increase over the years. Ultimately, the record in 2021 was renewed with the delivery of 339 vehicles in 2018.
Which country bought which vehicle?
The data disclosed by UNROCA is shared with the UN by the parties concerned. Therefore, the information given is prepared according to the declarations of the countries. While Turkey shares the number and country information with UNROCA, it generally does not share vehicle models and company information. The country and vehicle names mentioned in the following lines are prepared based on the news of the past negotiations and contracts.
Rabdan TTZA, developed over Otokar Arma 8×8 TTZA, was exported to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a 661 million dollar contract. Continuing orders of the contract, which has a fairly large amount of options, are not known. Although it was stated that deliveries started in 2018, it was not included in the UNROCA data. In a statement made by an Otokar official in 2018, it was stated that the project covers a total of 700 vehicles, and the first batch covers 100. It was stated that 2019 vehicles were delivered to the UAE in the 55 reports and 2020 vehicles in the data in 79. Otokar continues its activities under this roof by establishing a partnership with the UAE's Tawazun and Al Jasoor in this export.
Bangladesh, which is stated to have exported 35 armored vehicles, has been the user of both Otokar Cobra and Otokar Cobra II for UN missions from past to present. It is stated that although the company has visited Nurol Makina in the past, it has ordered additional Cobra II or Cobra II MRAP from Otokar.
Nurol Makina's Ejder Yalçın III vehicle was also displayed in Burkina Faso, where 2018 vehicles were delivered in 40 and which is currently an Otokar Cobra user. It is not known exactly which vehicles the deliveries cover. According to UNROCA data in 2018, Nurol Makina Ejder Yalçın vehicle was used in Chad, where 20 armored vehicles were delivered, while Nurol Makina's Yörük vehicle was also delivered to Chad in 2020.
While there is no clear information about the vehicles exported to Ivory Coast, African sources state that Otokar Cobra was delivered to the country.
There is no reliable information that a wheeled armored vehicle is currently sold to Indonesia, but the data shared with UNROCA indicates that 4 wheeled armored vehicles were delivered to the country. FNSS KAPLAN MT tank was exported to Indonesia and the mass production completion ceremony was held in the past months. In the notifications made to UNROCA, there is no clear information about whether the tanks were written as wheeled vehicles or whether they were made as a separate export.
Ejder Yalçın and Yörük TTZAs were exported to Qatar by Nurol Makina in the past years. In August 2020, a contract was signed to procure an undisclosed amount of armored vehicles for the Qatar Army again. From Nurol Makina of Qatar, partner of BMC? It is unknown whether he received new deliveries from BMC or not.
In 2020, 12 BMC Kirpi mine and ambush protected vehicles were delivered to Somalia, although it is not known exactly which vehicle was delivered in 2021, but it is estimated that Kirpi was delivered to the country again.
In the past years, 40 Kirpi mine and ambush protected vehicles were exported to Tunisia by BMC. Tunisia, which was exposed to various attacks by Al Qaeda, was extremely satisfied with the protection level of the vehicles and placed an additional order for 100 more, thus bringing the total number of exported systems to 140. Apart from Kirpi, the Ejder Yalçın vehicle was also exported to Tunisia before. It was not officially announced how many Ejder Yalçıns were exported, but it was stated in various sources that 70 were ordered.
Within the scope of a 2020 million dollar package agreement signed with Tunisia in 150, TAI's ANKA-S unmanned aerial vehicles, BMC's Kirpi and Nurol Makina's Ejder Yalçın armored vehicles, various vehicles such as Katmerciler tank carrier and tanker, and Aselsan electro-optical systems in Tunisia It was announced that he would be at the service of the security forces. Therefore, it is not known exactly which product the delivered vehicles are.
It is estimated that FNSS, which appeared more on the list in the past years, did not play a large role in the list in 2020, as it completed its current major contracts in 2021. The company is working intensively on the projects of Weapon Carrier Vehicles (STA), Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle (ZAHA), Mine Protected Vehicle (MKKA) and Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles (OMTTZA) projects in the country.
It is estimated that Otokar, which is thought to continue intensive deliveries within the scope of the contract it signed with the UAE, has also entered an intense export period with the Cobra family in the 4×4 class.