The Stone Dragon - A Different Kind Of Vehicle
|   Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Leaving behind the top names in the industry, how about we take a look at something else for a change? Let's take a look at this little interesting vehicle.
The Ejder Yalcin 4x4 vehicle ("Stone Dragon" in Turkish) is a premiere in Romania at the Black Sea Defense & Aerospace exhibition, and represents a polyvalent solution developed in cooperation with the Romanian defense industry, with high ballistic protection in all environmental conditions and on any terrain, according to Agerpres.


The company Nurol Makina ve Sanayi A.S. began production of armored tactical vehicles in cooperation with Romarm, Romania, in the mid 90s. Probably a lot of people would not have imagined such a joining of forces (given the two countries were adversaries most of their history) but the results are remarkable. One of these vehicles is the Ejder Yalcin 4x4 car.

The Yalcin Ejder 4x4 is a dynamic combat vehicle, agile, modular, versatile, easy to maintain, and has reduced maintenance expenses. With a payload capacity of up to 4 tons and the capability to integrate different types of weapons, the Ejder Yalcin 4x4 is an ideal platform for various applications such as "reconnaissance", "command and control" and "national security".

The "Stone Dragon" is an armored fighting vehicle more versatile than the Mazda6 Combi 4×4, more robust than the Jeep Wrangler, and more versatile than the Honda Jazz. Naturally, it costs more than all together.

Thus, the vehicle can do whatever comes to mind: to support reconnaissance missions, to lead military actions through command and control activities and become part of the national security strategy.

The "Stone Dragon" has a high degree of ballistics protection, including protection against mine explosions. The car has a fully independent suspension system on all wheels, an essential feature for all-terrain vehicles. The load and additional extension capacity gives the vehicle the ability to be reconfigured as a suitable platform to incorporate the necessary military equipment and armament.

The "Stone Dragon" can also be configured to become a vehicle for detecting improvised explosive devices, vehicle air defense, as an anti-tank weapon, troops transport vehicle or armored ambulance.

The armored vehicle chassis and bodywork are one piece. The robustness of the chassis offers high protection for the crew in case of explosions. The vehicle is certified according to international standards and provides full ballistic protection.

The high level of protection is a unique feature of the vehicle. It was designed to maintain all operational and tactical capabilities, given the fact that the added weapons kits act as additional burdens on other vehicles and lowers their mobility and agility.

The "Stone Dragon" has saved many lives after attacks with improvised explosive devices and antipersonnel mines, which can be attested both by international certifications and through military operations to which was used.

"We hope the Romanian authorities consider us a reliable partner in the production of high-performing military vehicles that meet the requirements of the Romanian side, as well as of other countries. In the future, we hope to work more closely with the Romanian weapons industry," said Engin Aykol, Nurol Makina ve Sanayi AS general manager, for Agerpres.
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