Georgian Army Ejder
|Type||Armoured personnel carrier|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|Armor||all welded steel armour up to STANAG-4569 level 4|
|40mm (APC version)|
|Engine||Cummins ISLe3-400 6-cylinder in line turbocharged diesel
|Speed||110 km/h, swim 9 km/h|
The Ejder (dragon) armored personnel carrier, was developed by Nurol Makina, a Turkish defense company as a private venture. It is worth mentioning that in the mid 1990s another 6x6 APC, the RN-94, was jointly developed by this company and Romarm of Romania. The RN-94 was not accepted to service, however Nurol Makina used some experience gained from that project developing its own APC. Georgia purchased a number of these APCs in 2008.. In some versions it carries a Fiat 25mm cannon.
Armor of the Ejder protects against 7.62mm armor-piercing rounds, while frontal arc provides protection against 14.5mm rounds . This armored personnel carrier also has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines and IEDs. It can withstand the blast from an 8 kg mine. Protection can be enhanced with modular add-on armor. The vehicle is fitted with an automatic fire suppression system, however NBC protection is only offered as an option.
This APC can be fitted with a number of remotely controlled and turret-mounted weapon stations. Baseline vehicle is fitted with remotely controlled 7.62-mm machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher, however Ejder supports up to 90mm weapon systems.
Reported versions include:
- Personnel carrier
- Nuclear, biological and chemical warfare
- Fire support
- ATGM carrier
- Medical evacuation
- "Nurol Ejder Armoured Wheeled Vehicle (AWV) (Turkey), Armoured personnel carriers (wheeled)". 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-11-01.In 2011, The Nurol Ejder went through evaluation testing in Kuwait and performed very well in the harsh desert.