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BMC Vuran (Striker)

Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected (MRAP) Vehicle [ 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).©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret AS (BMC) - Turkey
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National flag of Libya National flag of Turkey National flag of Turkmenistan National flag of Tunisia Kosovo; Libya; Tunisia (evaluation); Turkmenistan (evaluation); Turkey
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Amphibious Assault
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Armored Car
Design, of typically lightweight nature, providing onroad/offroad capabilities for the scouting or general security roles.
Designed to withstand attacks from mines and ambushes through specialized design and survivability features.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.
General utility-minded design to accomplish a variety of battlefield tasks, typically in a non-direct-combat fashion.
Special Purpose
Special purpose design developed to accomplish an equally-special battlefield role or roles.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
System can enter and traverse open water sources - either rivers, lakes, and streams; Amphibious Assault operation support.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Enhanced Armor Protection
Protection is enhanced by way of additional armor being installed over that of standard levels; plate steel for older designs and reactive armor for modern types.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable
System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

19.7 ft
6 m
9.2 ft
2.8 m
8.2 ft
2.5 m
32,000 lb
14,515 kg
16.0 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the BMC Vuran production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Diesel-fueled engine developing 360 horsepower driving conventional 4x4 all-wheel arrangement.
68.4 mph
(110.0 kph)
621.4 mi
(1,000.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the BMC Vuran production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG) in Remote Weapon Station (RWS) on roof.

Also an personal weapons carried by the crew.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun
Graphical image of the M3 Grease Gun submachine gun

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
500 x 12.7mm ammunition (estimated).

Vuran - Base Series Name.
Vuran 120mm - Mortar carrier vehicle with slit-door (hinged) hull roof.

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