June 13, 2022
Turkish land vehicles manufacturer Katmerciler, which already has strong business relations in Africa, is exporting its 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Armored Combat Vehicle Hızır to Gambia, according to a Turkish defense site on Monday.
DefenseTurk said in a report based on open-source information and images, that the company, which previously exported to Kenya, Uganda and an undisclosed country, is now selling its Hızır vehicles to Gambia.
The DefenseTurk report said recent images also circulating on social media reveal that camouflaged Hızır vehicles are being delivered to the African country.
Furkan Katmerci, deputy chairperson of the Executive Board of Katmerciler, previously said that the company’s “export move toward friendly countries from different parts of the world, particularly Africa, continues.”
In March 2021, the Gambian delegation headed by Gambian Defense Minister Seikh Omar Faye visited Turkey where he was welcomed by Turkey’s National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.
During the meetings views were exchanged on bilateral and regional security, defense matters and cooperation opportunities in the defense industry.
An updated Military Cooperation and Training Agreement between the two countries was also signed by Akar and Faye following the talks.
The fully indigenous Hızır is a 400-horsepower vehicle, which provides high protection against mines and handmade explosives. It was produced for conflict conditions with high maneuverability and ballistic fortification.
Having been developed to meet NATO standards and successfully passing all performance and explosion tests, the vehicle was approved by an independent international testing organization.
Katmerciler in July 2021 signed a contract with the Kenyan Defense Ministry to provide the African country with armored vehicle products including the Hızır.
The contract, worth $91.4 million, was dubbed the company’s largest single export deal.