Otokar Cobra in an Azerbaijani military parade. This Cobra is armed with a machine gun and a mounted gun shield.
|Type||Infantry mobility vehicle|
|Place of origin||Turkey|
|Wars||War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
|Engine||Water cooled turbo charged 6.5 litre
|Power/weight||31 horsepower per ton|
|Suspension||Helical coil suspension|
|Speed||115 km/h (72Mph)|
The monocoque steel v-hull provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell shrapnel, anti-personnel/tank mines and IEDs. Front wheel arches are designed to be blown away to free blast pockets.
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, 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. There is new version it is name Otokar Cobra 2.
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 heavy machine guns ("Utyos") and some with 40 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGL).
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 fast 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.
- United Arab Emirates
- Army Technology Cobra Page.
- Independent International Fact Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia, Final report Volume III. p.121
- Government of Macedonia
- "Cobra Armored Personnel Carrier".
- Slovenian paper
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