Africa’s security is entrusted to Turkish armored vehicles


Armored combat vehicles developed by Turkish defense industry companies are achieving new export successes in Africa.

In this context, lastly, Katmerciler announced that the tender for the purchase of 118 armored vehicles opened by the Kenyan Ministry of Defense remained under the company’s responsibility.

Furkan Katmerci, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Katmerciler, stated to the AA correspondent that the projects for the defense industry are long-term and the work for Kenya has been going on for about 2 years.

Expressing that the Hızır 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle is accepted all over Africa, Katmerci said that their expansion in the African market continues.

Katmerci said, “We also have work in different markets. In the defense industry, export is patience. You spend at least 1.5-2 years of effort. In the end, it either happens or it doesn’t. The process in Kenya was as we wanted. There are procedural aspects to this. We are currently signing the job. Then, financial studies will be done, and then the total amount will be reported and work will begin.” said.

Stating that Kenya is the 3rd country to which they export their armored vehicles, Katmerci said that they aim to complete the delivery of the vehicles in about 2 years. Katmerci said, “There are businesses we follow. We think that as our vehicles are used in Africa and their awareness increases, export news will increase.” used the phrase.

The new vehicle and Kenya’s Khidr 4×4 will be introduced for the first time

Furkan Katmerci stated that they will exhibit for the first time a new vehicle, which is smaller than the existing vehicles, to serve in residential areas at the 15th International Defense Industry Fair to be held in August. Katmerci also said that the version of Hızır that will serve in Kenya will be showcased at the Fair.

Explaining that they increased their turnover by 30 percent last year and brought their exports to 85 percent under the conditions of the new type of coronavirus (Kovid-19) epidemic, Katmerci said, “We will continue our activities that earn foreign currency. We try to reflect our work as added value to the country, employment and exports. We’re growing.” said.