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Turkey's Otokar Wins Armored Vehicle Contract From UN

Mar. 6, 2014 - 12:51PM   |  
By BURAK EGE BEKDIL   |   Comments
The UN is buying Cobra armored vehicles from Turkish company Otokar for use on peacekeeping missions.
The UN is buying Cobra armored vehicles from Turkish company Otokar for use on peacekeeping missions. (Otokar)
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ANKARA — Turkey’s leading armored vehicles manufacturer, Otokar, has said that it won a $24.6 million contract from the United Nations.

In a news release March 6, Otokar said the contract was for an unspecified number of the company’s Cobra vehicles. The UN will use the Cobras in peacekeeping operations, the company said.

Cobra, used by the armies of 15 different countries, is Otokar’s best known vehicle. Turkish security forces use the four-wheel-drive Cobra for reconnaissance and area control.

Otokar reported 40 percent growth in 2013, with exports of $117 million.

The company also is the developer of the Altay, Turkey’s first indigenous, new-generation main battle tank. In 2008, Otokar signed a $500 million contract with the Turkish procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, to produce four prototypes under the Altay program.

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