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  • Otokar Cobra Wheeled Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV)

    The Otokar Cobra series of light-armored and -armed military vehicles has seen considerable adoption around the globe since 1997.

     Updated: 6/14/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Otokar Cobra is an armored car developed for the Turkish Armed Forces. It is specifically categorized as an "Infantry Mobility Vehicle" and intended as a light-class, lightly-armored go-anywhere, do-anything solution for the modernizing Army service. The Cobra sports a high-ground clearance for excellent cross-country capabilities and a V-shaped hull to help deflect blasts from land mines and other hidden explosive threats. The vehicle entered service in 1997 and has already seen combat service in Afghanistan, Georgia and Kosovo as well as locally - pitting Turkish military forces against the PKK.

    Two major variants of the Cobra have appeared - the original Cobra vehicle and the updated Cobra II (the latter debuting in 2013). The original fits a General Motors V8 6.5L diesel-fueled, water-cooled turbocharged engine of 190 horsepower while the Cobra II carries a 6.7L, six-cylinder, water-cooled turbocharged engine of 281 horsepower. Both vehicles utilize a Helical coil suspension system and similar forms. Dimensions between the two vary only slightly with the Cobra II being heavier (12,000kg vs 6,200kg) and dimensionally larger (5.6mx2.5mx2.2m) with seating for 2+7 (as opposed to 1+8).

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    Otokar Cobra Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1997
    Type: Wheeled Infantry Mobility Vehicle (IMV)
    National Origin: Turkey
    Manufacturer(s): Otokar - Turkey
    Production: 650

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 2 + 7
    Length: 18.37 feet (5.60 meters)
    Width: 8.20 feet (2.50 meters)
    Height: 7.22 feet (2.20 meters)

    Operating Weight: 13 tons (12,000 kg; 26,455 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: Yes - Optional.
    Nightvision Equipment: Yes - Optional.

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): Cobra II: 1 x General Motors V6 diesel-fueled turbo-charged, water-cooled engine developing 190 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 68 mph (110 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 435 miles (700 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    Variable: 1 x 7.62mm machine gun OR 1 x 12.7mm NSV machine gun OR 1 x 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL); Smoke Grenade Dischargers.

    Dependent upon armament fit.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Azerbaijan; Algeria; Bangladesh; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Kosovo; Maldives; Mauritania; Macedonia; Nigeria; Pakistan; Russia; Slovenia; Turkey; United Arab Emirates

    Model Variants

    Cobra - Base Series Name

    Cobra I - Original service model; V8 diesel engine.

    Cobra II - Improved, up-armored model with V6 engine and revised performance and structural specifications.