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Georgian Army Ejder
Type Armoured personnel carrier
Place of origin Turkey
Production history
Manufacturer Nurol Makina
Weight 18 tons
Length 7.05 m
Width 2.69 m
Height 2.4 m
Crew 2+10 passengers

Armor all welded steel armour up to STANAG-4569 level 4
40mm (APC version)
Engine Cummins ISLe3-400 6-cylinder in line turbocharged diesel
402 hp
Power/weight 22.33 hp/tonne
Suspension wheeled 6x6
600 km
Speed 110 km/h, swim 9 km/h

Ejder ("Dragon") is a 6x6 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed in Turkey. It began as a private venture in 2006 but proceeded quickly with 27 units delivered to Georgia in 2007.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

The Ejder (dragon) armored personnel carrier, was developed by Nurol Makina, a Turkish defense company as a private venture. It is worth mentioning that in the mid 1990s another 6x6 APC, the RN-94, was jointly developed by this company and Romarm of Romania. The RN-94 was not accepted to service, however Nurol Makina used some experience gained from that project developing its own APC. Georgia purchased a number of these APCs in 2008.. In some versions it carries a Fiat 25mm cannon.[2]

Protection[edit | edit source]

Armor of the Ejder protects against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds, while frontal arc provides protection against 14.5mm rounds . This armored personnel carrier also has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against landmines and IEDs. It can withstand the blast from an 8 kg mine. Protection can be enhanced with modular add-on armor. The vehicle is fitted with an automatic fire suppression system, however NBC protection is only offered as an option.

Armament[edit | edit source]

This APC can be fitted with a number of remotely controlled and turret-mounted weapon stations. Baseline vehicle is fitted with remotely controlled 7.62-mm machine gun and 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, however Ejder supports up to 90-mm weapon systems.

Versions[edit | edit source]

Reported versions include;

  • Personnel carrier
  • Reconnaissance
  • Nuclear, biological and chemical warfare
  • Fire support
  • ATGM carrier
  • IFV
  • Mortar
  • Command
  • Recovery
  • Medical evacuation
  • Engineering

Operators[edit | edit source]

  •  Georgia - 90-100
  •  Turkey[3][4]
  •  Azerbaijan - ?
  •  Libya - ?
  •  Turkmenistan - ?
  •  Zimbabwe - ?
  •  Kazakhstan - ?

References[edit | edit source]

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