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IDEX 2023: Otokar awaits second Rabdan contract

23rd February 2023 - 15:00 GMT | by Christopher F Foss in Abu Dhabi

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Rabdan in ambulance configuration has a higher roof line to provide greater internal volume for its specialised battlefield mission. (Photo: author)

Otokar has completed delivery of 8x8 Rabdan armoured vehicles to the UAE Army and is working on ambulance and 6x6 versions of the IFV design.

The first batch of 400 Rabdan 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) has now been delivered to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Army and manufacturer Otokar is hopeful that additional orders will be placed in the future.

The Rabdans were delivered without turrets and communications equipment and this integration work was carried out in the UAE.

The UAE's Rabdans are fitted with a complete turret removed from Russian-supplied BMP-3 tracked IFVs, which is armed with a 100mm gun that can fire laser-guided projectiles in addition to conventional high explosive rounds. Mounted coaxially are a 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun.

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Christopher F Foss

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Christopher F Foss is an internationally recognised authority on armoured fighting vehicles, artillery and other weapon systems, …

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