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06:14 PM, December 15, 2017
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Turkish Armored Vehicles ‘Front Runners’ in Slovak Armored Vehicle Procurement Trials
Turkish Otokar Cobra II Armored Vehicle

Two Turkish-made armored vehicles are said to have ‘bested’ their foreign rivals in performance tests held in Slovakia on Dec. 14.

The tests were done to allow the Slovak army to see the performance of the Ejder Yalçın and Cobra II vehicles, which it may add its inventory, according to a report in Hurriyet Daily News quoting Turkish defence sources.

Ten armored vehicles from Turkey besides Germany, France, Canada, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, and Slovakia were run through trials on a test track as part of a project to supply four-wheel drive armored vehicles.

The Ejder Yalçın - co-produced by Nurol Machine and FNSS - and Cobra II - made by Otokar - were the Turkish competitors.

When the vehicles showed off their skills on the track, the Turkish duo excelled in power, endurance and mobility tests, said the sources.

Slovakia is expected to add hundreds of armored vehicles to its inventory.

Thanks to their successful tests, the Turkish combat vehicles are reportedly front-runners in the procurement process, added the sources.

Slovakian Defense Minister Peter Gajdos and top military officials observed the tests.

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