NMS 4×4: A Dose of High Performance and Protection Modularity
“NMS 4×4: A Dose of High Performance and Protection Modularity” titled advertorial was published in the EUROSATOY Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review (TDR). You can read the full content of the advertorial here:
With the recent addition of the NMS 4×4 to its diverse product family, Nurol Makina continues to make a difference in the 4×4 tactical wheeled armoured vehicle sector, which is becoming an area of intense competition and fierce rivalry. The NMS 4×4 opens up new doors and new possibilities to its users by adding modularity to the sector standards of high-performance and superior survivability.
The growing threats faced by land vehicles have resulted in heavier and more sluggish solutions, stemming from designs and add-ons that over-emphasise higher protection levels. Furthermore, the fact that military platforms are used, on average, for up to 30 years necessitates them to be adaptable to changing and evolving threats. After noting that the current designs are no longer able to adequately meet present-day requirements due to their increasing weight and unwieldiness, Nurol Makina sought to satisfy the need for varying levels of protection and payload with a single vehicle: The NMS 4×4. By prioritising modularity, the NMS 4×4 offers its users the ability to adapt both to current and future threats.
Adjusting the Required Level of Protection
While designers often boast that their vehicle offers the best level of protection, certain in-the-field needs and requirements may, once the vehicle is launched onto the world markets, turn out to be quite different to what was envisaged in the design project. Certain countries in the world confront the harshest of threats on a daily basis, while others only need vehicles that can offer protection against lower levels of threat.
When it comes to protection, meeting a variety of different needs with the same vehicle is a difficult-to-attain target for designers; however, the NMS 4×4 clearly stands out as a vehicle that has achieved this target.
The NMS 4×4 provides its users the ability to apply scalable armour through the addition or removal of armour plates at different protection levels from its hull. These adjustments do not have to be the same all around the vehicle. For instance, based on user preferences, the vehicle’s engine and personnel cabin can be granted higher protection, while the payload section at the rear can feature lower protection levels. This effectively multiplies the number of alternative mission configurations available to the user.
Another advantage offered by the NMS 4×4 in this respect is that its armour plates have been developed by Nurol Technologies -which also operates under Nurol Holding- and the synergy between the two companies has paved the way for the production of vehicle-specific armour plates. This full compatibility of the armour plates with the vehicle’s hull not only keeps protection at the highest level, but also helps minimise such drawbacks as weight. In the longer-term, this synergy also ensures the NMS 4×4’s continuous readiness and its ability to adapt to the ever-changing threats.
Different Vehicle Configurations: Not an Issue for NMS 4×4!
Users nowadays are often looking for a number of different configurations when acquiring 4×4 armoured wheeled vehicles. In addition to a general purpose or personnel carrier, they may also ask the producer to provide other configurations, such as anti-tank, air defence, command control, reconnaissance and surveillance, ambulance, mine/IED detection and disposal, and CBRN reconnaissance.
This is precisely another area in which the NMS 4×4’s modularity comes in handy. First of all, the vehicle possesses a modular load-carrying compartment at the rear that can either be joined with the cabin section or employed for different purposes. Moreover, this section can also be integrated with such payloads as weapon systems, but in all configurations, this section remains accessible from inside the cabin.
Combined with Nurol Makina’s extensive experience in the development of vehicle configurations for different mission requirements, this feature of the NMS 4×4 results in a low-risk solution for the user, regardless of the configuration. Nurol Makina has gained vast experience in the development of different configurations, particularly for the EJDER YALÇIN, having developed over 10 configurations for the vehicle so far.
NMS 4×4 Prepares to Enter the Field
Nurol Makina continues to develop the NMS 4×4 with the experience earned through its vast product family. Following the manufacture of the preliminary prototypes as proof-of-concept for the vehicle, the company has rolled out further prototypes that will serve as basis for serial production, and these vehicles are now undergoing qualification. Preparations for serial production are scheduled to be concluded by the third quarter of this year, and once these steps are out of the way, the NMS 4×4 will commence tests and trials in countries that have so far shown interest in the vehicle.
The tremendous potential of the NMS 4×4 has already been recognized, with the first order received even before the aforementioned preparation process has been completed. Engin Aykol, General Manager of Nurol Makina, sees this as an indication of what likely awaits the vehicle in the coming period: “Current and potential users of Nurol Makina products around the world seek not only a high-performance vehicle, but also a reliable supplier and business partner that is eager to share and collaborate. Nurol Makina has shown, time and again, that it is in the position to meet all three of these requirements in the best way possible. Our vehicles have always demonstrated superior performance in the tests in which they have participated overseas, and we have met all the demands of our users in a timely manner. This has given us international standing as a reliable company, and this is supported by our willingness to forge local industry collaborations with all countries, when required. The fact that the NMS 4×4 has received orders before entering the field is testament to all the advantages provided by Nurol Makina that I have just listed. I am confident that the NMS 4×4 will emerge from its tests as a superior vehicle, and that it will join in service all of our other vehicles that are working to make this world a safer place.”
Qatar as the First Customer
Qatar became the NMS 4×4’s first customer following the signing of a letter of intent concerning the vehicle’s purchase between Barzan Holding and Nurol Makina during DIMDEX 2018. The agreement was signed at a ceremony held on the second day of the event by Major General Hamad bin Abdullah Al Marri, Command of the Qatari Special Forces; Dr. Anıl Karel, Deputy General Manager of Nurol Makina; and Muhammed Jaber Labda, Programmes Director of Barzan Holding. The company has also signed a contract with Qatar for the sale of EJDER YALÇIN III vehicles, and the first user of both vehicles will be Joint Special Forces Command under the Qatar Emiri Land Forces.
Speaking at the ceremony, Maj. Gen. Al Marri said: “I am very pleased to be purchasing NMS 4×4 vehicles from Nurol Makina; and as this is the world’s best vehicle in its class, I believe that this agreement will take us forward.”
Two different versions of the NMS 4×4 were showcased during DIMDEX 2018 on the stand of Barzan Holdings: one integrated with an IGLA missile launcher system (left); and the other with an antitank missile system (right), both supplied by ASELSAN.
Speaking on behalf of Nurol Makina at the event, Dr. Karel shared the following remarks: “It is likely that during our talks before the signing of the EJDER YALÇIN contract, the Qatari officials already had the NMS 4×4 in their sights, and had perhaps already planned to acquire the vehicle. It was later that they made their request regarding the NMS 4×4, stating that the vehicle was highly compatible with their concept of use, and expressing their desire to sign a contract as soon as possible. This contract is of great importance, in that we will be successfully exporting the NMS 4×4 before even selling it in Turkey. This contract differs from the one we signed with Qatar for the EJDER YALÇIN, since the two vehicles feature different concepts of use and are in different classes.”
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