Once again, Turkish defence company Nurol Makina has expanded its footprint in Africa by supplying its NMS Yörük 4×4 armored vehicle to the Chadian Army.
A video that recently surfaced on Twitter shows multiple brown-colored Yörük 4×4 armored vehicles driving through a street in Chad.
Over the past few years, Nurol Makina has slowly but steadily emerged as an important actor in the armored vehicle market in Africa.
Although, it is yet to be determined how many Yörük 4×4 armored vehicles was exported to Chad, but according to a report Turkey submitted to the United Nations (UN) Conventional Weapons Registry, UNROCA, 20 armored vehicles were exported to Chad by Turkish companies in 2018. These are likely the Nurol Makina Ejder Yalçin 4×4, and Yörük 4×4 armored vehicle.
The NMS Yörük 4×4 armored vehicles is a new light armoured vehicle manufactured by Nurol Makina. The vehicle was launched at International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2017.
The vehicle is designed to be modular and high protection ability which can be maintained under the most difficult combat conditions.
The vehicle is fitted with a roof-mounted remote-controlled weapon system mounting a 7.62mm or 12.7mm calibre machine gun. It can also be fitted with a 40mm anti-tank missile launcher system in place of the machine gun.
It features a V-shaped hull, and the windshield and windows fitted to the vehicle are made of ballistic glass panels.
The Yoruk, weighs eight tons, and is capable of carrying fully half that weight.
Part of the haul of armored vehicles supplied by Turkey to Chas also includes at least twenty Turkish-made Nurol Makina Ejder Yalçin armored vehicles which were seen during a military parade in N’djamena on August 11 to mark the country’s independence day.
In January, dozens of the Nurol Makina EJDER YALÇIN 4×4 Armoured Combat Vehicle arrived Douala Port, for the Chadian Army. The new arrivals were moved northwards to the country’s capital n’djamena, for onward deployment to active combat units.
Chad is operating the Ejder Yalçins under the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), according to a photograph which surfaced in September 2020.