|Type||Infantry mobility vehicle|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|Wars||War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Operation Euphrates Shield
Cobra : 6200 kgCobra II: 12,000kg.
Cobra: 5.23mCobra II: 5.6m
Cobra: 2.22mCobra II: 2.5m
Cobra: 2.1mCobra II: 2.2m
Cobra 1+8Cobra II: 2+7
Cobra: 6.5L, GM V8 diesel, water cooled, turbo charged
Cobra II: 6.7L, six-cylinder, water cooled, turbo charged, common rail, diesel engine
|Suspension||Helical coil suspension|
Cobra: 752 kmCobra II: 700km
Cobra: 115 km/h (72Mph)Cobra II: 110mile/h
The monocoque steel v-hull provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell shrapnel, and to a certain degree against anti-personnel/tank mines and IEDs. Front wheel arches are designed to be blown away to free blast pockets.
In December 2016, footage of an ISIS attack against Turkish M-60 Sabra tanks circulating the internet, showed the crew of a Cobra APC surviving a direct hit with from an ISIS ATGM.
The Cobra vehicle forms a common platform which can be adapted for various roles and mission requirements including: Armoured Personnel Carrier, Anti-Tank Vehicle, Reconnaissance Vehicle, Ground Surveillance Radar Vehicle, Forward Observation Vehicle, Armoured Ambulance, Armoured Command Post, turreted vehicle for 12.7mm machine gun (turret produced by the Israeli firm Rafael), 20mm cannon, anti-tank missiles such as the TOW missile/Spike missile or surface-to-air missiles.
Cobra can be used as an amphibious vehicle in combat. Turkish Naval Forces is now looking for a new amphibious vehicle and Otokar Cobra is listed amongst the candidates for acquisitions.
First unveiled at IDEF 2013, the Cobra II is a more heavily-armored successor to the Cobra. The Cobra II has a combat weight that is roughly double that of its predecessor and is slightly wider, longer and taller.
Standard equipment suite includes rear view camera, thermal front camera, air conditioning system, blackout lighting system, multi-point seat belts, radio provisions, and a towing eye. It can be optionally equipped with a self-recovery winch, nuclear, biological and chemical filtration kit, automation fire extinguishing system, intercom system, navigation system and an auxiliary power unit. In an APC configuration the vehicle can carry nine personnel and the vehicle can be armed with a number of different weapons, including crew-operated machine guns and remote weapon stations armed with short-range surface-to-air missiles and grenade launchers. Powered by a 6.7L, six-cylinder, water cooled, turbo charged, common rail diesel engine that produces 281 hp, its maximum road speed is 110 km/h on roads and has a maximum cruising range of 700 km
Otokar has received orders for the Cobra II both for an undisclosed customer and from the Turkish Armed Forces.
In late 2015, the Turkish Armed Forces ordered 82 Cobra II vehicles plus related systems, maintenance and support worth $52 million. Delivery is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2017.
In June 2016, the Turkish Armed Forces ordered an undisclosed number of Cobra II vehicles plus related systems, maintenance and support worth $120.8 million. Assuming the same value to vehicle ratio as the 2015 order, this would imply an order of about 180 vehicles.
Cobra II amphibious
A slight larger variant of the Cobra II with a more powerful 6.7L, 360Hp, V6 turbocharged engine that is capable of crossing lakes and smaller bodies of water.
In the 2008 South Ossetia war, Cobra vehicles equipped with 12.7 mm NSV machine guns and 40 mm automatic grenade launchers were used by the special forces of Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs during their assault on the city in the Battle of Tskhinvali.Cobras are also being used by Georgian UN forces in Central African Republic.
According to sources Pakistan purchased about 200+ of these vehicles and plan to have about 500+ in their inventory. A deal was concluded with TOT and remaining vehicles are to be produced at Heavy Industries Taxila with additional orders for Otokar Akrep.
Cobras are used by the Turkish Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
Cobras are actively being used by the Turkish Armed Forces within the country for anti-terrorism operations.
Cobras have shown to be highly resistant against most mine and IED attacks, with the crew surviving most incidents without any injuries. The increasing sophistication of IED use by the PKK and the loss of eight soldiers inside one on August 19, 2015 has prompted the Turkish Armed Forces to upgrade its fleet of armored vehicles. This has in part led to additional orders for the improved Cobra II
Cobras have also been used effectively by Free Syrian Army against ISIS and YPG during Operation Euphrates Shield.
Cobra Current operators
- Syria — Small number captured from ISIL, which in turn captured them from Operation Euphhrates Shield forces
- United Arab Emirates
Cobra II Current & Future Operators
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