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Georgia is strengthening its defense capabilities: the country received BMC Vuran armored vehicles of Turkish production

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun15,2024

Georgia strengthens its defense capabilities: the country received BMC Vuran armored vehicles of Turkish production

The Georgian Defense Forces (GDF) recently received 46 BMC Vuran multipurpose armored vehicles, Georgian media reported on June 12, 2024. The event, held at an infantry brigade near Tbilisi in Vaziana, marked the implementation of a defense agreement between Georgia and Turkey, which was signed in 2022.

The ceremony was attended by several prominent figures, including the Turkish ambassador to Georgia Ali Kaan Orbai, Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia Sergo Janelidze, Brigadier General Irakli Chichinadze, General Manager of ASFAT Behchet Karatas and other officials.

During the ceremony, Ambassador Orbay addressed the media, stressing that the delivery of these Vuran tanks is a testament to Turkey's commitment to supporting the security and integrity of Georgia. He noted that up to 80% of Vuran's components and production is located in Turkey, which demonstrates the country's defense production potential. Orbai also expressed hope for continued cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

Deputy Minister of Defense Janelidze emphasized the long-standing and successful defense cooperation between Turkey and Georgia, noting that armored vehicles of NATO standards not only strengthen Georgia's defense capabilities, but and strengthens bilateral ties between the two countries.

BMC Vuran — is a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP) known for its high level of protection against mines and ambush threats. The specific models delivered to Georgia are equipped with a remote-controlled lightweight battle station developed by the Israeli defense company RAFAEL, with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, which enhances their combat capabilities.

The Vuran 4×4, manufactured by BMC under the Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle group, is a multi-purpose armored vehicle first introduced in the mid-2010s. The Vuran was primarily in service with the Turkish Armed Forces and was also offered to various international customers, although the exact number in service with other countries is not usually disclosed. Known for its robust construction and versatility in a variety of military and security roles, the Vuran 4×4 can carry up to 9 people and offers a high level of protection and mobility.

It features an armored monocoque cabin with blast-resistant windows, shock-absorbing seats, front and rear cameras, an automatic fire extinguishing system, Run-Flat tires with centralized tire inflation and an optional remote control automatic battle station. Advanced subsystems include ASELSAN SARP Dual remotely controlled weapons, jammers, smoke mortars, integrated fire suppression systems, and additional tactical enhancements such as hydraulic winches and cable cutting booms, further enhancing operational effectiveness in multiple scenarios.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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