Photo of Otokar Arma 6×6 armored personnel carrier of Bahrain armed forces

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Photo of Otokar Arma 6×6 armored personnel carrier of Bahrain armed forces in Yemen

The Bahrain Armed Forces are now equipped with the ARMA 6×6 APC (Armoured Personnel Carrier) designed and manufactured by the Turkish Defence Company Otokar.

The Arma 6×6 was presented for the first time to the public during the defense exhibition of Paris, Eurosatory in 2010.

The ARMA is a new product family within the Otokar’s the tactical wheeled armoured vehicle range with modular multi-wheel configuration. ARMA vehicle platform with superior tactical and technical features will be an outstanding and cost effective product among competitive products. Thanks to the high level of ballistic and mine protection as well as, the outstanding design allowing the integration of various types of weapon stations and mission equipment, ARMA will be an adaptable platform for evolving mission needs in a modern battlefield.

The Arma 6×6 is motorised with a 450 hp water-cooled turbo diesel capable of running on F-34 or F-54 fuel drives the wheels through an automatic gearbox and single-speed transfer box, giving it a top speed of 105 km/h and a power/weight ratio of 24.3 hp/tonne.

This also powers the onboard 24 V DC electrical system, which incorporates two maintenance-free 125 Ah batteries and a 3.3 kW converter. Arma’s front two axles are steerable enabling it to make a turning radius of 7.85 m and the vehicle rides on independent hydropneumatic suspension, offering respectable off-road mobility and comfort.

It can negotiate 45-degree approach and departure angles leading onto 60 per cent inclines and 30 per cent side-slopes. It can also cross 1.2 m-wide trenches and climb over 60 cm obstacles.

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