Today, we are looking at Turkey’s Otokar Akrep II. This is a multi-role vehicle that can be configured as a weapons platform or be used on a variety of security or surveillance missions and the like.

The Otokar Akrep II is a new-generation armored vehicle manufactured by Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi, a Turkish defense vehicle manufacturing company. It was launched in April 2019 and designed to offer robust support in various military operations such as quick reaction, search-and-rescue, border patrol, fire support, reconnaissance, scout, surveillance, and air defense missions.

Key Features of the Akrep II:

  1. Dimensions and Weight: The vehicle measures 5.5 meters in length, 2.5 meters in width, and 1.8 meters in height over the hull. It has a gross vehicle weight of 13,500 kg and a ground clearance of 400 mm.
  2. Design and Capability: Akrep II is equipped with a four-wheel drive system and has the option for steerable axles. It is designed to operate effectively in a multitude of challenging conditions, such as water trenches, mud, and snow areas. The vehicle has a reduced silhouette and very low acoustic and thermal signatures, making it suitable for missions requiring a degree of stealth.
  3. Crew Accommodation: The spacious interior of the Akrep II can accommodate three crew members, including a driver, a commander, and a gunner. The vehicle is equipped with five-point seatbelts and a floating floor. It also features climate control systems and mirrors equipped with cameras to enhance situational awareness.
  4. Navigation and Optional Equipment: It includes an onboard GPS/INS for navigational requirements. Optional equipment can include rear axle steering, self-recovery winch, commander integrated display, and drive-by-wire technology.
  5. Variants: The Akrep II can be configured into multiple variants based on the mission requirement. These include an armored reconnaissance vehicle, a fire support vehicle, a light infantry fire support vehicle, an electric vehicle, and a laser weapon vehicle. The electric variant, Akrep IIe, is particularly designed for stealthy military operations due to its lower noise and heat signatures.
  6. Armament and Protection: It features a roof-top weapons station that can be armed with 90mm and 25mm heavy machine guns. The vehicle can also be fitted with either 12.7mm or 7.62mm machine guns for the armored reconnaissance variant. Optional smoke grenade launchers improve survivability.
  7. Drive-by-Wire System: Akrep II features a drive-by-wire system for its main mechanical components, such as steering, acceleration, and braking. This allows for the remote control of the vehicle and the possibility of autonomous driving.
  8. Energy Sources: The vehicle’s flexible infrastructure accommodates various energy sources, including diesel, hybrid, and electric options. The hybrid and electric propulsion solutions help reduce the vehicle’s thermal and acoustic signatures.

The Akrep II, with its robust design, versatile capabilities, and advanced features, represents a significant advancement in armored vehicle technology, particularly for the Turkish defense industry.

Look for it coming soon to a battlefield near you.