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Cobra Armored Personnel Carrier


Country of Origin/Used by: Turkey (and many others including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Maldives, Nigeria, Pakistan, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates and even United Nations forces)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1997
Manufactured by: Manufacture: Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi AS (Turkey); Chassis: AM General, LLC
Crew: 2+7 (some references reporting up to 9?)
Armament: Many different weapons mounts and turrets can be mounted and be fitted with weapons such as 7.62mm machine gun, 12.7mm heavy MG, 20mm Cannon, 40mm automatic grenade launcher, SPIKE Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), TOW ATGM and even Anti-Aircraft Missiles.  Some references report that cannon up to 30mm can also be mounted as well.
Engine: 8 Cylinder Turbo-Diesel
Miscellaneous Info:

The Cobra APC is a flexible and well-proven vehicle design by Turkey's Otokar using AM General's HMMWV upgraded Expanded Capacity Vehicle (ECV) automotive components, most notably the chassis.  The primary APC variant can be built as a basic and inexpensive utilitarian vehicle, yet be improved with many optional features to upgrade its performance capability.  Options include an amphibious kit, gun ports, night-vision equipment, self-recovery winch, and upgraded armor protection.  In addition, specialized mission kits can be added to modify the basic APC to fulfill multiple roles. Using the mission kits, the Cobra can be modified to become an Ambulance, Anti-tank Missile Carrier, Artillery Forward Observation Vehicle, Command and Control Vehicle, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Vehicle, Ground Surveillance Vehicle, Internal Security Vehicle, Mortar (81mm) Carrier, Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle, and Reconnaissance Vehicle.

The more advanced Cobra 2 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle is now also being produced by Otokar.  However, the Cobra APC is still in widespread use around the world and showing no signs of disappearing anytime soon.

Data Sheet Available: Cobra APC Specifications Sheet via AM General, LLC.

Cobra APC Sales Brochure via Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi AS


Reference Source/Provider
Cobra APC Photos AM General, LLC
  Cobra APC Photo Julio Montes - California
    Cobra APC Photos (Circa 2012) Nigerian Army
Cobra APC Photos Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi AS

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Cobra APC Information and Photos Army-Guide.Com
Cobra APC Information and Photos Army Recognition.Com
Cobra APC Information and Photos Army-Technology.Com
Cobra APC Information and Photos Global Security.Org
Cobra APC Information and Photos Military-Today.Com
Cobra APC Information and Photos Otokar Otomotiv ve Savunma Sanayi AS
Cobra APC Photos via Michael Rener Prime Portal


Reference Author
ISAF Vehicles Afghanistan 2007: Kabul & Kandahar Area (Mushroom Model Publications)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan
Dick Taylor
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (4th Edition) Christopher F. Foss

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