BMC Kirpi

Turkish Armor Makers in Talks to Produce 1,000 Vehicles for Qatar

A new multinational venture featuring Turkish, German and Malaysian manufacturers is in talks with Qatar to produce 1,000 armored vehicles — just one component of an aggressive marketing strategy that targets Gulf, Middle Eastern and Middle Asian markets. In August, Turkish manufacturer BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetal and Malaysia’s Etika Strategi joined forces to launch a Turkish subsidiary. RBSS, the […]

Turkish MRAP Output Ramps Up

Following a pause in production, the Turkish company of BMC Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret (Turkish Pavilion, Stand 10-D10) has ramped up output of its Kirpi (4×4) mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, which is being shown at IDEX 2015 fitted with a remote weapon station. Following a competition, the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) selected the Kirpi […]

BMC Speeds Up Production of MRAPs for Turkish Army

Turkish armored vehicles maker BMC has increased the pace for production of the Kirpi, the country’s first mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle, after it was penalized €8 million (US $9.9 million) for late deliveries. Procurement officials said the company promised to deliver the remaining 141 Kirpis within the next six months. The Turkish Army recently appealed […]

Turkish Defense Exports Surge Amid Regional Conflicts

Turkey’s defense exports enjoyed a remarkable 76 percent year-on-year surge in July while domestic conflicts ravage some of the country’s neighbors, data from the Defense Industry Exporters Union (SSİ) revealed on Friday. The extraordinary hike in sales prompted skepticism in markets with analysts speculating over arms sales to such conflict zones as Syria, Iraq and […]

Qatar to Buy Stake in BMC

The Qatar Armed Forces Industry Committee (AFIC) has applied to Turkey’s Competition Board (RK) to acquire 49% of commercial and military vehicle manufacturer BMC from local finance house ES Mali Yatirim (ES Financial Investment), RK announced on its website on 2 June. ES Mali Yatirim had bought the bankrupted commercial and military vehicle manufacturer from […]

BMC Acquisition Could Alter Turkish Armored Market

A powerful businessman’s purchase of a failed armored vehicle maker under the government’s disposition may alter business in Turkey’s thriving armored vehicles market, industry sources say. Businessman Ethem Sancak’s investment fund ES Mali Yatirim ve Danismanlik AS on May 1 bid 751 million Turkish liras (US $359 million) for BMC. Sancak is known to be […]

Firm Delivers Armored Vehicles to TSK After 3-Year Delay

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) received its first new batch of mine-resistant vehicles on Monday after a three-year delay due to major financial problems at the manufacturer. The Kirpi (hedgehog), Turkey’s domestically produced mine resistant, ambush-protected armored vehicle, is being manufactured by Turkish carmaker BMC, a subsidiary of Çukurova Holding. In 2009, the TSK signed […]

Tunisia Has Ordered to Turkey Local-Made Kirpi MRAP Mine Protected Vehicle Produced By BMC

According to the Dunya Turkish newspaper, the Turkish defense minister Ismet Yilmaz has announced the purchase by Tunisia of Turkish-made MRAP “Kirpi”. He also said that the Turkish Company BMC will restart the production of the Kirpi. BMC was declared bankrupt and confiscated by TMSF (Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey) in May 2013 after […]