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BMC Vuran (Striker)

Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicle

Turkiye | 2019

"The BMC Vuran is an all-modern MRAP solution originating from Turkey and its growing defense sector."

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The "Vuran" ("Striker") is an indigenous Turkish defense industry fast-attack / troop support "Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected" (MRAP) vehicle for the modern battlefield. Introduced in 2019, the type has already gone on to see practical combat service in contested environments as part of both the 2nd Libyan Civil War (2014-2020) and the short-lived Turkish incursion into Syria (2019). The vehicle serves with the Turkish Land Forcers as well as the Gendarmerie General Command and it has been purchased by the forces of Kosovo, Libya, and Tunisia (evaluation).

The 16-ton truck sits atop a conventional 4x4 wheeled arrangement giving excellent ground clearance (345mm) and on-road / off-road travel. The road tires are large, well-spaced at the corners of the vehicle, and are designed to operate under all conditions (including when flat). Power is through a single 360 horsepower diesel-fueled engine housed under the hood at the bow which sports horizontal slats over the engine face. The truck showcases an inherent operational range out to 1,000 kilometers with road speeds reaching 100 kmh.

Dimensions of the Vuran include a running length of 6 meters, a beam of 2.5 meters, and a height of 2.8 meters. It can ford 1.2 meter bodies of water, climb 70% gradients, and 0.5 meter slopes.

The driving crew has access to the front of the vehicle through hinged, automobile-style doors while a powered ramp provides access from the rear. Up to five passengers can be carried. "Pioneer" equipment, such as shovels and pick axes, can be latched at various points to the sides of the hull.

As an MRAP, armor protection reaches up to STANAG 4569 Level 3 aided by its blast-deflecting, V-shaped hull underside. Screens are positioned over all of the bullet resistant window panes to provide point defense against rocket attacks. Screens are also set over the headlamps.

Typical armament is a single 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)or similar mounting on the roof by way of a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) though variants of this MRAP include a mortar carrier with split hinged doors on the hull roof (four examples of this model have been purchased by Kosovo).

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the BMC Vuran Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicle.
1 x Diesel-fueled engine developing 360 horsepower driving conventional 4x4 all-wheel arrangement.
Installed Power
68 mph
110 kph
Road Speed
621 miles
1,000 km
The physical qualities of the BMC Vuran Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicle.
19.7 ft
6 meters
O/A Length
9.2 ft
2.8 meters
O/A Width
8.2 ft
2.5 meters
O/A Height
32,000 lb
14,515 kg | 16.0 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the BMC Vuran (Striker) Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicle.
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) in Remote Weapon Station (RWS) on roof.

Also an personal weapons carried by the crew.
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).
Nightvision - YES, OPTIONAL.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES, OPTIONAL.
Notable series variants as part of the BMC Vuran (Striker) family line.
Vuran - Base Series Name.
Vuran 120mm - Mortar carrier vehicle with slit-door (hinged) hull roof.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the BMC Vuran (Striker). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 1,500 Units

Contractor(s): Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret AS (BMC) - Turkey
National flag of Libya National flag of Turkey National flag of Turkmenistan National flag of Tunisia

[ Kosovo; Libya; Tunisia (evaluation); Turkmenistan (evaluation); Turkey ]
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Image of the BMC Vuran (Striker)
Image from official BMC marketing materials.

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