The Bangladesh Army has received the initial batch of Otokar Cobra II Light Armoured Vehicles from Turkey.
The Cobra II is equipped with a .50 calibre heavy machine gun mounted on a remotely operated turret along with 5 smoke grenade launchers and infrared camera.
The nearly 7-ton armoured vehicle can carry up to 8 fully armed combat troops, and a driver. It is powered by a 250 hp engine with maximum speed of 110 km/h and 700 km range.
Cobra II LAV’s will enhance the firepower and mobility of Bangladesh Army infantry units during patrol missions.
Traditionally the Bangladesh Army used locally built Toyota Land Cruiser 79 series for light patrol duties apart from BTR-80M armoured personnel carriers from Russia.
Otokar has supplied standard Cobra APC to Bangladesh Police and APV’s to Border Guard Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s defence relations with Turkey is