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OTTER
RAPID DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS WET GAP CROSSING SYSTEM

OTTER RAPID DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS WET GAP CROSSING SYSTEM Overview

OTTER is a bridge and ferry system designed for safe and fast transport of combat and logistic military vehicles across the wet during river crossing operations. 

OTTER system can also be used in natural disasters such as floods.

Being the only 8x8 vehicle in its class in the market today, the OTTER has unprecedented redundancy, operational capability in soft soil, cross-country mobility and amphibious performance.

Exceptional road and off-road performance with its all-wheel 8x8 driveline with central tire inflation and adjustable ride height control features provides an incomparable off-road driving performance and speed especially on loose, muddy and rough terrains. The ability to operate in soft soils allows for significantly less preparation on riverbanks for water entrance and exit. The all-wheel-steering feature minimizes the vehicle’s turning radius. The vertical obstacle and trench crossing capabilities are also superior due to the shorter distance between axles in 8x8 concept. Moreover, 8x8 driveline with maximum axle load of around 9 tons has significantly low ground pressure and provides longer wheel life due to less wear. The OTTER can achieve up to 60% gradient and 30% side slopes.

360° manoeuvres with in high river currents The OTTER system has two water pump jets that provides advanced water operation capability enables the vehicle to demonstrate 360° manoeuvres within high river currents such as pivot turns and side moves. Axles are retractable for water operations to decrease water drag. 

OTTER RAPID DEPLOYABLE AMPHIBIOUS WET GAP CROSSING SYSTEM Info

SINGLE OTTER FERRY MODE / MLC 21 T

Samur Tekli Nakliye Takimi

As its ferry role, a single OTTER system can transport MLC 21 tracked vehicles.

2 OTTER FERRY MODE / MLC 85 T

Samur Ikili Nakliye Takimi

Two OTTER systems can be coupled together pontoon to pontoon and can transport a MLC85 T vehicle.

3 OTTER FERRY MODE / MLC 120 W

Samur Uclu Nakliye Takimi

By coupling three systems ramp to ramp, up to MLC120 W vehicle can be transported over a wet gaps.

100 M BRIDGE CONFIGURATION WITH 8 OTTER / MLC 85 T & MLC 120 W

Samur Kopru

As well as its role as a ferry,

8 each OTTER systems can be combined together ramp to ramp to construct a 100 m long bridge which is capable of carrying MLC85 T & MLC120 W vehicles. For specific missions, numerous OTTERs can be coupled together to cross wider distances.

In terms of self-sufficiency, the OTTER can carry four (4) ramps on a single system which eliminates the need for additional logistic vehicles. OTTER system is also fitted with a self-recovery winch, which recovers the vehicle or any other system especially in soft terrains.

Another unique feature of the OTTER is its crew survivability. The crew cabin that accommodates 3 personnel has ballistic armour protection, automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems. The vehicle is integrated with distributed vetronics architecture, which includes an on board diagnostics system (CANBUS structure). Front and rear cameras enhance situational awareness.

The vehicle is also equipped with a standard anchoring mechanism (both emergency and land anchoring systems). In situations of failure or damage, OTTER’s 8x8 driveline concept serves by far the best for redundancy requirements. In case of loss of several driveline items (wheel, brakes, axle etc.), the vehicle does not lose operational capability whereas 4x4 vehicles do.

The OTTER System is an operationally proven bridge and ferry system designed for the Turkish Land Forces combat engineers, using the latest technologies and has actively been in service since 2012. The OTTER is a design certified according to NATO standards, which satisfies all up to date NATO requirements such as defined river states, deployment and transportation. Rapid assault wet gap crossing at lowest logistic burden and saline operation capabilities are other significant advantages of the system.

 

 

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