BMC - Kirpi

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Kirpi
2012 Eurosatory BMC trucks.JPG
BMC Kirpi MRAP in Eurosatory 2012
Type Infantry mobility vehicle
Place of origin Turkey
Service history
In service Active (in service)
Used by Operators
Wars
Production history
Designer BMC (Turkey)
Manufacturer BMC (Turkey)
Variants 4x4 and 6x6
Specifications
Weight 16 tons
Length 6.0 m (short version)(4x4) and 7.075 m (long version)(4x4)
Width 2.51 m (4x4)
Height 2.86 m (4x4)
Crew 9-15

Armor STANAG 4569 Level 3 (MRAP) a
Main
armament
7.62 or 12.7 mm machine guns
Engine CUMMINS ISBE 275 or CUMMINS ISLE 350
ISBE 275 : 271 PS at 2100 rpm and ISLE 350 345 PS at 2100 rpm
Transmission Allison 3000 type 3000SP
Suspension Leaf spring
Ground clearance 345 mm
Fuel capacity 310 liter
Operational
range
1000 km at 60 km/h

BMC Kirpi (Turkish for "Hedgehog") is a Turkish made Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle built by BMC. Kirpi is designed and manufactured by the Turkish armored vehicle manufacturer BMC to meet the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces.

Characteristics[edit]

The design contract was awarded in 2009, and deliveries commenced in 2014.[1]

Its armored hull provides protection against armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Some vehicles have been fitted with cage armor for protection against RPG rounds.[1]

The Kirpi features shock absorber seats and interior accessories, a GPS system, rear view camera, and automatic fire suppression system. It has five firing ports and four bulletproof windows on each side of the troop compartment.[2]

It has a shielded position for the gunner on top of the roof, which can be operated manually and can rotate through 360 degrees. The vehicle can be armed with a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun and is also available with remotely-controlled weapons stations.[1]

Operators[edit]

Map of Kirpi operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

References[edit]

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