The Straits Times, October 1, 2003 -- A SINGAPORE company has teamed up with a Turkish automaker to develop and market two armoured vehicles for Turkey's armed forces.
Singapore Technologies Kinetics, part of listed ST Engineering company, and Otokar have agreed to work together and will sign two cooperation agreements today at a defence, aerospace and maritime show in Ankara, Turkey.
The companies will collaborate on the design and manufacture of the second Terrex 8x8 vehicle prototype. The first prototype, developed solely by ST Kinetics, can carry up to 11 tonnes while providing full nuclear, biological and chemical protection.
Like its predecessor, the second Terrex will be able to withstand rough terrain and harsh climatic conditions. It will be called the Yavuz, the name of an Ottoman sultan, and is scheduled to be handed over to the Turkish land forces for trials next year.
Otokar will also help ST Kinetics market the Bronco All-Terrain Tracked Vehicle, which will be known as the Sakarya in Turkish. It is being used by the Singapore Armed Forces. Said Otokar general manager Kudret Onen: 'Otokar's experience in the design and production of armoured vehicles with state-of-the-art equipment and ST Kinetics' know-how will make the Yavuz and Sakarya very successful projects.'
S'pore, Turkish firms in vehicle project