The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) armored logistics help automobile DERMAN 8X8, presently within the navy’s stock, was displayed overseas for the primary time through the Defence and Safety Gear Worldwide (DSEI) 2023, an official from the corporate famous Saturday.
Koluman Otomotiv Trade Inc., which produces logistics help automobiles throughout the Turkish protection trade, showcased the DERMAN 8X8 automobile at DSEI 2023, one of many world’s main protection trade gatherings held in London.
Zafer Özcan, navy tasks vice normal supervisor at Koluman Otomotiv, mentioned in an interview with Anadolu Company (AA) that such exhibitions can typically be a turning level in an organization’s historical past.
Özcan recalled that the corporate had signed onto the 8X8 Wheeled Container Service Automobile (DROPS) Venture with the Presidency of Protection Industries (SSB) for DERMAN and said that the Koluman Otomotiv had delivered the primary seven automobiles of the 70-vehicle challenge.
He emphasised that the objective was to first enter the stock of the TSK after which develop into worldwide markets, saying: “We’re blissful to have achieved this. The Turkish military is considered one of NATO’s essential forces. Subsequently, while you go overseas, considered one of our largest references turns into the automobiles delivered to the armed forces.”
Özcan talked about that the corporate has been concerned within the protection trade for years and has began positioning itself within the logistics help automobile section, particularly since 2017.
Elaborating on the intention to develop a automobile design with excessive terrain functionality, able to carrying heavy hundreds, and ideally in a position to present providers to a number of help automobiles on a typical platform, Özcan famous that DERMAN was the results of this growth course of.
The corporate additionally signed a contract with the SSB for armored gasoline tankers, named AKTAN, he defined.
With this exhibition, they’re embarking on a brand new journey, and DERMAN’s infrastructure, particularly its built-in logistics help, its potential to offer the end-user with uninterrupted and full help, and its in depth use of spare components make it even stronger in worldwide markets.
Özcan mentioned that they might be in Germany one month after the UK, collaborating as an Authentic Gear Producer (OEM) in an occasion organized by Daimler.
Highlighting that the plan is to ship all of the automobiles of the 70-vehicle DROPS Venture within the first quarter of 2024, Özcan famous that one of many largest objectives might be to provide the primary prototypes of the armored AKTAN Venture.
Concerning DERMAN’s export route, Özcan mentioned: “By way of exports, now we have positioned ourselves significantly within the Japanese European market. In current instances, as a consequence of sure conflicting conditions in neighboring international locations, there was a major enhance in curiosity in such automobiles.”
“We even have carried out varied prototype actions with Roketsan for DERMAN. In considered one of our tasks, now we have developed a automobile with a carrying capability of over 50 tons. We count on to ship it quickly,” he defined.