The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) has awarded Otokar, a global land systems manufacturer from Turkey, a contract worth around EUR 130 million for the supply of ARMA 6×6 armoured personnel carriers, including maintenance equipment and training services.
The deliveries are planned to begin in the second half of 2024 and be completed by 2025. The agreement was signed on 18 October in Estonia, between Magnus Valdemar Saar, ECDI Director General, and Sedef Vehbi, Otokar Military Cluster Head. The Estonian Defence Minister, Hanno Pevkur, and Turkey’s Defence Minister, Yaşar Güler, were also present at the signing ceremony.
Following the LOI (Letter of Intent) signed between the Defence Ministers of Estonia and Turkey, a protocol on cooperation in the defence industry was signed between Magnus Valdemar Saar, ECDI Director General, and Haluk Görgün, SSB (Turkish Defence Industry Agency) President. The decision to purchase the 6×6 vehicles was made through strong international competition and a very thorough commercial and technical evaluation by the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF).
The ARMA 6×6 stood out with its superior technical capabilities, having been combat-proven and actively used by five different users in different parts of the world. The ARMA armoured vehicle provides superior mobility, high mine and ballistic protection, as well as medium and high-calibre weapon system integration options.
The vehicle offers high tactical and technical features and is available in a wide range of variants. It is combat-proven in the most demanding terrain and climatic conditions. The ARMA 6×6 stands out, particularly with its high payload capacity and large interior volume. It can be equipped with various mission equipment, and manned/unmanned turrets according to the user’s needs.
The ARMA 6×6 platform can be used for various missions, such as surveillance, recovery, armoured personnel carrier, armoured combat vehicle, command control, reconnaissance, and CBRN reconnaissance vehicle. Different armament systems can be integrated into the vehicle.