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Arma 8x8

Background

Arma Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle is highly modular, amphibious, wheeled armored fighting vehicle family designed and developed by Otokar. Development of Arma fighting vehicle family started in 2007 as a private venture of Otokar. First Arma was revealed in 2010 in 6x6 configuration. In 2011, first Arma with 8x8 configuration was revealed to public. Both 6x6 and 8x8 configurations found success in export market and 8x8 version is expected to be selected by Turkish Army for Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle project, no information about contract yet. This version with KORHAN Turret System is also competes in New Generation Armored Combat Vehicle Projects against FNSS’s Pars IV 8x8 and BMC’s Altuğ 8x8.

Arma 8x8

Otokar is no stranger of 8x8 platforms, with BTRs closing to end of their service life Otokar initiated Yavuz 8x8 project at 2001 in an effort to fill the ranks of retired BTRs. Since Otokar had no experience in this field, decided cooperate with Singaporean firm Singapore Technologies Kinetics to develop their own localised version. Yavuz project received no interest and eventually scrapped. Otokar, with the experiences and expertise gained from this project developed Arma family.

Arma 8x8 is a highly modular tactical wheeled vehicle. Thanks to its high modularity, it can be fitted with variety of turret and weapon systems and fulfil different operational roles, such as:

• Fire Support Vehicle
• Command Post Vehicle
• Reconnaissance Vehicle
• Armored Combat Vehicle
• Armored Personal Carrier
• Armored Recovery Vehicle
• Self-Propelled Mortar Carrier
• Armored Engineering Vehicle
• CBRN Reconnaissance Vehicle
• Armored Medical Evacuation Vehicle

Arma 8x8 (MIZRAK-S)

Arma 8x8 is one of the most modular platforms offered by Otokar fitted with variety of different weapon platform ranging from 25mm auto-cannons to ATGM Launchers to 105mm tank cannons.
This specific Arma 8x8 is armed with lightweight MIZRAK-S turret system. Being one of the earliest variants, this Arma 8x8 platform is missing some novelty features of newer generations has and is powered by the weakest power pack among them.

Arma platform comes with different power packs, early Arma 8x8, such as this one, were powered by 450 horsepower engine later amphibious version fitted with 600 horsepower engine and the latest version is powered by 750 horsepower engine. Although there is no official designation for those vehicles, I’ll differentiate them by calling First, Second and Third Generation.

General Specifications

Firepower

As There is Image of MIZRAK-S No Firing I’ve Used MIZRAK-30 Instead

This specific Arma 8x8 is armed with Otokar’s own MIZRAK-S lightweight, unmanned turret system. MIZRAK-S’ main consists of 30mm dual-feed Auto-Cannon as main armament and 7.62mm Co-Axial Machine-Gun as secondary armament.

MIZRAK-S

MIZRAK-S is an unmanned, dual-axis stabilised turret system designed and developed by Otokar. It is armed with Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm auto-cannon and co-axial 7.62mm machine-gun. Gunner has access to Thermal and Night Sight as well as CCD Camera to identify and engage threats. MIZRAK-30 can be controlled by both Gunner and Commander through their own stations ? . Turret system also has Laser Range Finder and Automatic Target Tracking System.

Main Features
• CITV Optional ?
• Night Imager
• Thermal Imager
• Laser Range Finder
• Dual-Axis Stabilisation
• Automatic Target Tracking System

MIZRAK-S

  • Crew: Unmanned
  • Dimensions and Weight
    • Mass: ? kg
    • Length: ? mm
    • Width: ? mm
    • Height: ? mm
  • Armament
    • Main Armament:
      • Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm Dual-Feed Autocannon
    • Secondary Armament:
      • Co-Axial 7.62mm Machine Gun
    • Ammunition Capacity
      ∙ ? Ready-to-Fire Auto-Cannon Rounds
      ∙ ? Total Auto-Cannon Rounds
      ∙ ? Ready-to-Fire Machine-Gun Rounds
      ∙ ? Total Machine-Gun Rounds
  • Accessories
    • Night Sight
      ∙ Gunner
    • Thermal Sight
      ∙ Gunner
      • Laser Range Finder
      • Dual-Axis Stabilisation
      • Automatic Target Tracking

Bushmaster Mk.II

Bushmaster Mk.II Specifications

  • Dimensions and Weight
    • Mass: 160 kg
    • Length: 3405 mm
    • Width: 340 mm
    • Height: 392 mm
  • Operational Details
    • Caliber: 30mm
    • Shell: 30x173mm, NATO Standard
    • Feed System:
      ∙ Dual-Feed
      ∙ Belt-Fed
    • Muzzle Velocity:
      ∙ 1080m/s
    • Rate of Fire
      ∙Single Shot
      ∙100 rpm
      ∙300 rpm

Mobility

Arma 8x8 is powered by 450 horsepower Caterpillar C9 turbocharged diesel engine, coupled with unspecified 7-speed automatic gearbox. Arma has approximate power to weight ratio of 17 hp/t - 18.7 hp/t with a top seed of 105 km/h. Arma 8x8 comes with two different suspension options: Independent Telescopic Shock Absorber & Helical Spring Suspension System or Hydro-Pneumatic Suspension System depending on customer’s needs.

Protection

Arma 8x8 with its monocoque steel hull offers high level of ballistic protection against KE projectiles, mine protection and IED threats. Modular structure of armor allows composite modules to be replaced in need of repair or operational requirements, even in battlefield environment. From the looks of it, this specific Arma 8x8 is fitted with additional armor units. Base Arma models comes with STANAG 4569 Level II but it could be fitted with additional armor up Level IV depending on operational needs.

Otokar’s Arma 8x8 Brochure

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Specifications

  • Crew:
    • 3 Driver, Commander Gunner
    • 9 Personnel
  • Dimensions and Weight
    • Mass: 24 - 25 Tons ˀ
    • Length: 7.8 m
    • Width: 2.7 m
    • Height: + 2.2 m
  • Armament
    • Main Armament:
      • Mk44 Bushmaster II 30mm Dual-Feed Auto-Cannon
    • Secondary Armament:
      • Co-Axial 7.62mm Machine Gun
    • Ammunition Capacity
      ∙ ? Ready-to-Fire Auto-Cannon Rounds
      ∙ ? Total Auto-Cannon Rounds
      ∙ ? Ready-to-Fire Machine-Gun Rounds
      ∙ ? Total Machine-Gun Rounds
  • Mobility
    • Engine: Unspecified Diesel Engine, Possibly Caterpillar C9 450 Horsepower
    • Transmission: Unspecified Allison 7-Speed Automatic Gearbox
    • Suspension:
      ∙Fully Independent Hydro-Pneumatic Suspension
      Or
      ∙Fully Independent Telescopic Shock Absorber & Helical Spring Suspension
    • Maximum Speed: 105 km/h
    • Power to Weight: 17 hp/t - 18.7 hp/t ˀ
  • Protection
    • Armor:
      ∙ Base: STANAG 4569 Level II
      ∙ Up to: STANAG 4569 Level IV
    • Active/Passive Protection System: None
    • Smoke Grenades: 8x
  • Accessories
    • Night Sight
      ∙ Gunner
      ∙ Driver ˀ
    • Thermal Sight
      ∙ Gunner
      ∙ Driver ˀ
      • Laser Range Finder
      • Dual-Axis Stabilisation
      • Automatic Target Tracking

Implementation to War Thunder

Arma Tactical Wheeled Vehicle family should be reserved for future Turkish Ground Forces Tech Tree. This specific Arma would be nice premium vehicle since there two other very similar option for research section. Arma 8x8 in this configuration would offer similar play style with Italian VBC (PT2) while being more sluggish but with more firepower. BR-Wise it would fit around somewhere between 8.3 - 9.0 Battle Rating.

Additional Photos

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Videos

Otokar Arma 8x8 Video

https://youtu.be/SJmuhd7FS_Y?si=GaoXUJeWQrmb7xqO

Arma 8x8 Mobility and Firing Tests

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Sources

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https://www.military-today.com/apc/arma_8x8.htm

https://www.military-today.com/apc/rabdan.htm

Otokar Arma 8x8 Taktik Tekerlekli Zırhlı Araç (TTZA) | SavunmaSanayiST

Arma 8x8 Zırhlı Muharebe Aracı | DefenceTurk

ARMA 8x8 Deneysel Askeri Kullanım (DAK) Testlerini Başarıyla Tamamladı! - Defence Turkey Magazine

Kazakhistan is testing Otokar’s 8X8 Arma armoured Vehicle

https://defense.otokar.com.tr/OtokarSavunma/media/Otokar-Savunma/arac-brosur/ARMA8X8-EN-BR-(AZ66EJ-21)-onizleme.pdf

Otokar Arma - Wikipedia

https://www.army-technology.com/projects/arma-8x8-armoured-tactical-vehicle/

ARMA 8x8 Otokar wheeled armored vehicle technical data

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4nadrXwR9o

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8x8 OTOKAR ARMA (TURKEY) | DefenceHub | Global Military & Security Forum

IDEF 2017: Otokar's Arma armoured vehicle now fitted with Mizrak-S turret 20905175 | IDEF 2017 Online Show Daily News | Defence security military exhibition 2017 daily news category

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