Tulpar light tank completes initial trials, awaits first contract


A side view of the latest Tulpar light tank fitted with a CMI Defence Cockerill 3105 two-person turret, showing its bustle-mounted automatic loader, commanders panoramic sighting system, and applique armour. (IHS Markit/Patrick Allen)

Otokar has completed initial firing and mobility trials of its latest Tulpar light tank, which has been developed to meet potential requirements of at least two export customers.
This system mates the Otokar Tulpar tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) with the Belgian CMI Defence Cockerill 3105 turret already in quantity production for Saudi Arabia (with more than 130 turrets delivered).
The Cockerill 3105 turret is armed with a 105 mm high-pressure rifled gun fitted with a thermal sleeve and fume extractor. The 105 mm gun is fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader that enables the turret to be crewed by just a commander and gunner.