Izmir-based company Katmerciler has continued its run of success in Africa with a US$47.6M deal to supply a country in Africa (believed to be Somalia) which will be completed in 2022. Last month, Katmerciler won the tender to supply armoured vehicles to the Kenyan Armed Forces, including 118 HIZIR MRAPs in different versions, an order with a value of US$70M. The company also announced the delivery of 15 HIZIR vehicles valued at US$20.7M to Uganda in 2019. The African continent is gradually becoming an important market for the Turkish armoured vehicle industry for companies including BMC, Nurol Makina and OTOKAR.
The 16-ton HIZIR is powered by a 400 hp Cummins ISL Diesel engine and has a range of 700 km. The cabin offers room for nine people and is protected against mines, IEDs and ballistic threats thanks to the V-shaped sub-floor. The modular architecture provides for the vehicle to be equipped for different kinds of missions. Depending on the operational requirements, the remote weapon platform can be equipped with a 12.7 mm machine gun, a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher or a 7.62mm machine gun.
Katmerciler specialises in vehicle equipment and conversion kits, with a product portfolio that includes more than 30 different variants. This includes fire fighting vehicles, rescue vehicles, recovery vehicles, anti-riot vehicles and tankers. In 2010, the company management decided to participate in the highly competitive market for armoured vehicles which led to the development of the HIZIR and KHAN 4×4. The latter has a curb weight of 4.9 tonnes and a payload capacity of one tonne. It is powered by a Toyota one VD-FTV V8 Turbo Diesel with 286 hp, can accommodate eight crew members and has a top speed of 130 km/h.
The portfolio is completed with the ATES; a armoured vehicle for the border security in addition to tracked Unmanned Ground Vehicles.