Otokar Cobra

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Otokar Cobra
Otokar Cobra in an Azerbaijani military parade. This Cobra is armed with a DShKM machine gun and a mounted gun shield.
Type Infantry mobility vehicle
Place of origin Turkey
Service history
In service 1997–present
Used by Operators
Wars War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Russo-Georgian War
Turkey–PKK conflict
Production history
Designer Otokar
Manufacturer Otokar
Weight 6200 kg
Length 5.23m
Width 2.22m
Height 2.1m
Crew 1+8

Engine General Motors V8 diesel, water cooled turbo charged 6.5 litre
Power/weight 31 horsepower per ton
Suspension Helical coil suspension
752 km
Speed 115 km/h (72Mph)

The Cobra (Turkish: Kobra) is an infantry mobility vehicle developed by Turkish firm Otokar which uses some mechanical components and sub-systems of the HMMWV[1][2]


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.[1]


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.[1]

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. There is new version it is name Otokar Cobra 2.

Combat history[edit]

During the Battle of Tskhinvali of the 2008 South Ossetia war, Cobra vehicles were used by special forces of Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs during their assault on the city. Some of the vehicles were equipped with 12.7 mm NSV machine gun and some with 40 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGL).[3]

Otokar Cobra is also used by the Turkish Army in Afghanistan and in Anti-Terrorist operations in northern Iraq.

The terrorist organisation PKK has used several IED's and mines to blow up Turkish army's military convoys which also consisted of Cobra's. The Cobra's showed high resistance and on the vast majority cases the crew survived without any injuries, thus proving its survivability. There are also several videos available where the Otokar Cobra's RCWS has taken out several terrorist with high precision and accuracy.[4] However, after the PKK blew up a Cobra killing eight soldiers inside it on Oct. 19th 2015 using a land mine, the Turkish government decided to upgrade its fleet of armed vehicles.[5]

The Nigerian Military used the Cobra extensively during operations against the terrorist Boko Haram Insurgency in the North-East of the country in 2013.[6]


Map of Otokar Cobra operators in blue

Current operators[edit]


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