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 to the Defense Ministry, saying delivery of the vehicles as soon as possible is an “urgent matter.” The Army said if there are further delays, an alternative producer should be found. […]