CATEGORY: Wheeled armoured personnel carrier
MANUFACTURER: Nurol Makina
CREW: 2 (+ 7 passengers)
In the early 2010s, Turkish military engineers set out to design a blast-resistant personnel carrier with a particularly good off-road capability and modular design that could be built with 4×4 and 6×6 powertrains. It was no coincidence, as the Turkish army was seriously concerned about the losses inflicted by landmines and improvised explosive devices, so there was a great demand for a modern, domestically designed and manufactured, multi-purpose vehicle made specifically for use in asymmetric warfare. This was the Ejder Yalçın, whose prototype was unveiled at the International Defence Industry Fair in Istanbul back in 2013. Nearly half a thousand modern, armoured vehicles of this type have so far been procured for the Turkish armed forces. The vehicle soon had serious export success as well, as in addition to Hungary, Qatar, Morocco, Senegal, Tunisia and Uzbekistan also bought the smaller, 4×4 variant.
Hungary will soon have its own production line, as after the first ten vehicles already ordered and delivered, and another forty vehicles to be received, the Gidráns, planned as the basic vehicle of the Hungarian Defence Forces, will be assembled in Kaposvár under a license, if a new order is placed. Moreover, in the framework of German-Hungarian defence cooperation, in addition to manufacturing, a Research and Development program is also being launched involving Hungarian higher education institutions.
The conventional, front-engined, all-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle has a maximum combat weight of 16 tonnes. Its length is 5.7 metres, height and length are 2.5 meters, so it is air transportable. Gidrán is able to cross 1.1-metre deep ditches or water without preparation. The vehicles that entered service with the Hungarian Defence Forces have a 360-degree day and night camera system, an automatic fire extinguisher, and a high-performance winch. Several vehicles are fitted with the ASELSAN SEDA-V acoustic gunshot detection system that locates the shots fired at the vehicle.
The first ten Gidráns, serving with the 25th Klapka György Infantry Brigade since February 2021, have been equipped with the telecommunication systems necessary for commissioning in the Hungarian army by the HM ArmCom Kommunikációechnikai Zrt.
Blast-proof structure and crew protection were the primary considerations in the design of the vehicle. Accordingly, Ejder Yalçın’s armoured chassis has a V-shaped bottom, is 40 centimetres high above the ground, and deflects the power of blast of landmines and explosive devices, thus providing STANAG 4569 level 4 protection for the nine soldiers inside. The design of the floor of the troop compartment and the anchorage system of the seats also reduce the impact of the shock wave of an explosion under the vehicle.
The vehicle has a six-cylinder, 8,900 cc, 375-horsepower Cummins turbo diesel engine in the front, providing a top speed of 120 kilometres per hour on paved road, and in good road conditions it is capable of covering up to 700 kilometres on one refuel.
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Author: Trautmann Balázs (honvedelem.hu)