Anadolu Isuzu, a manufacturer of commercial vehicles, is taking its experience and expertise in the production of commercial vehicles to the defence sector with its new brand “Anadolu Savunma”. The company, which will participate at IDEF’19 with military heavy trucks developed under the brand name Anadolu Savunma, will be promoting at the exhibition its 8×8 tank transporter, 8×8 tactical wheeled vehicle, 8×8 recovery vehicle and 4×4 tactical wheeled vehicle.
Anadolu Isuzu is now offering its experience in the manufacture of commercial vehicles to the service of the defence sector under the brand name “Anadolu Savunma”. The company’s first military heavy trucks, which have been developed by Turkish engineers at Anadolu Isuzu’s R&D Centre, will be on show at IDEF’19. At the exhibition, Anadolu Isuzu will be promoting its Seyit 8×8 tank transporter under the Anadolu Savunma brand, along with its 8×8 and 4×4 general purpose trucks. With its high-performance military vehicles, the company is targeting to achieve a significant market share not only at home, but also abroad.
Commenting on the company’s new product family for the defence sector, Tuğrul Arıkan, General Manager of Anadolu Isuzu, said: “We have for many years been serving the defence sector with our armoured pick-ups and armoured midi-buses, and they know us very well. With the vehicles we are producing under the umbrella of the Seyit product family, which has been developed under the Anadolu Savunma brand, we are expanding our services towards heavier classes, and starting to offer heavy trucks, with particular focus on indigenousness. As a result of the works carried out at our R&D centre, we have developed a product family that is high-performance, reliable, easy-to-maintain and cost-effective. Our indigenous and national Seyit product family comprises vehicles that fully meet the requirements of the armed forces of many nations, including those of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), which is a user with very high standards. Accordingly, we are sure that our product family will attract great interest.”
Having exported various midi-bus, bus and truck models to more than 30 countries on the European continent (especially to Western Europe), North Africa and the Turkic Republics, Anadolu Isuzu stands out today with its successful repair & maintenance and after-sale services organisations in these countries. By adding defence industry products to its structure, the company is aiming even higher on the list of globally preferred brands.
Engineering Recognised and Appreciated Around the World
Anadolu Isuzu recently made a decision to turn its efforts toward the export market, and having generated an export revenue of $109 million in 2018, the company is now targeting to double its export figures by 2023. Having taken its many years of truck manufacturing experience and applied it recently to the defence sector, Anadolu Isuzu is also the only brand that has indigenously manufactured such a 8×8 drive truck with special infrastructure.
Last year, the company launched an initiative to create its own brand, named AOS, which is independent of the Japanese Isuzu company. Through this brand, Anadolu Isuzu started to play an active role in countries like the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the Russian Federation, and in regions like South America. The company’s popularity keeps soaring, especially in the European market, and it is also attracting attention through the effectiveness of its after-sales services. Anadolu Isuzu sold 964 vehicles abroad in 2018, and is targeting to increase the number of countries in which it has distributors from 30 to 60 by 2020, and, by expanding its distributor network, it aims to become a more global brand.
Strong R&D at the Core of Success
The Anadolu Isuzu R&D department employs almost 100 personnel, working on truck, pick-up, bus and midi-bus development projects. This team constantly strives to carry the Anadolu Isuzu brand to a higher position in the public transport sector, as well as in the cargo transport segment, and is also cooperating with universities. As the company that submitted the highest number of patent applications in automotive sector in 2017, Anadolu Isuzu has also made its mark with the custom-made vehicles it manufactures. Having been awarded prizes for many of the vehicles it has manufactured based on its strong R&D infrastructure and vehicle design experience, Anadolu Isuzu is emerging as one of the most preferred Turkish brands in Europe, as can be understood from the design and comfort awards it has won for its vehicles, namely Citiport and Novociti Life.
Seyit to Change the Rules of the Game
IDEF’19 will be the venue for the first outing of the Seyit Military Truck Product Family, named after Corporal Seyit, who was one of the heroes of the Çanakkale Victory. The product family has been jointly developed by Anadolu Savunma and the Czech Tatra group. While Tatra provided infrastructure support for the vehicles, the design works, especially those for the armoured cabin, were carried out in full by Turkish engineers at the R&D Centre of Anadolu Isuzu.
Designed to operate under the severest of conditions and over challenging geographical terrain, Seyit series vehicles are offered in various configurations, ranging from 8×8 to 20×20, and with different engine options.
Anadolu Isuzu is continuing to manufacture armoured pick-ups and armoured midi-buses, and is targeting to increase its presence first in the Turkish defence sector, and then in all the foreign markets in which it has distributors, by offering truck solutions that can operate under all road conditions, developed by Turkish engineers under the new sub-brand of Anadolu Savunma.
Anadolu Savunma, which is aiming to take a share of the defence market through the provision of vehicles in the logistic-purpose tactical wheeled product groups, will showcase its 8×8 tank transporter, its 8×8 general purpose trucks and its 4×4 general purpose truck at IDEF’19, as the only indigenous manufacturer in this segment.
Seyit 8×8 Tank Transporter
As one of the vehicles to be displayed at Anadolu Isuzu’s stand at IDEF’19, the Seyit 8×8 Tank Transporter can operate over all terrains due to its 8×8 drive system, and stands out with its 70,000 kg towing capacity. The vehicle can climb slopes of over 30 percent and has a maximum speed of 80 km/h.
Powered by a Cummins X15 99EPA 600 14.9-litre engine, the Seyit 8×8 Tank Transporter can generate 600 HP and a maximum of 2,779 Nm torque. The towing vehicle can easily ford 1.1 m deep water and has a range of 800 km.
Designed by Anadolu Isuzu’s R&D engineers, the tank transporter can, as an option, be provided with an armoured cabin that offers Stanag 4569 Level 2 and Level 3 Ballistic Protection. The Seyit 8×8 Tank Transporter is capable of meeting many of the needs of modern armies, including the Turkish Armed Forces, and is drawing attention as the only indigenously-manufactured vehicle in its class.
Seyit 8×8 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle
The 8×8 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle to be displayed at Anadolu Savunma’s stand at IDEF’19 stands out with its multi-purpose features. The vehicle is designed to carry various loads, such as containers, portable and fixed loading platforms, precision electronic systems, radar systems and fuel.
The Seyit 8×8 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle generates 500–600 HP with its Cummins X15 99EPA 500-600 engine, and can ford 1.10 m deep water. When configured, as an option, to provide Stanag 4569 Level 2 and Level 3 ballistic protection, the Seyit 8×8 Recovery Vehicle offers superior protection.
Seyit 8×8 Recovery Vehicle
Another Anadolu Savunma brand vehicle to be showcased at IDEF’19 is the 8×8 Recovery Vehicle, which is also partially mine resistant. The mission equipment integrated into the vehicle has been designed by the MPG Machinery Production Group Inc. Co., and the vehicle itself will be on display at this company’s stand at IDEF’19. These equipment have been designed to accomplish tasks over challenging terrains and difficult road conditions, and are optimised for the recovery of broken down or crashed high-tonnage or armoured vehicles. The 8×8 Recovery, weighing 43,000 kg, can climb slopes of up to 60 percent and can ford water of 1.10 m depth.
Generating 600 HP with its 14.9 lt Cummins X15 99EPA 600 engine, the 8×8 Recovery Vehicle can reach a speed of 80 km/h, and has a range of over 500 km. The vehicle will enter the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces soon, and will quickly see active service afterwards.
4×4 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle
The 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle to be exhibited at Anadolu Isuzu’s stand at IDEF’19 boasts a 7,000 kg carrying capacity, the ability to climb more than 60 percent slopes and a maximum speed of 100 km/h.
Aimed to be manufactured with a high rate of local participation based on indigenous and national resources, and bearing the signature of Anadolu Isuzu’s R&D engineers, particularly in its cabin section, the 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle can be manufactured with an armoured cabin that provides Stanag 4569 Level 2 and Level 3 ballistic protection.