03/25/2014 By VMSB
The Turkish Land Forces Command received a new batch of Kirpi 4×4 highly-protected vehicles after a delay due to major financial problems at the local manufacturer BMC Sanayi ve Ticaret.
About 600 of the wheeled vehicle were purchased by the Turkish military procurement agency SSM (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı) in two separate contracts.
Kirpi has been extensively used in operations against the PKK terrorist organization over the region of Kurdistan. It features a monocoque chassis powered by a Cummins ISLe+ diesel engine with 350 hp, which is coupled to an automatic transmission by Allison Transmission.
The vehicle is outfitted out with a protected manned weapon station and government furnished equipment such as tactical radios from Aselsan.
The company also has developed a 6×6 variant of Kirpi design.