They are supposed to be run-flat, not run-shred tires, but this Turkish Otokar Cobra armored gets around pretty well riding on rims. Turkey's Otokar is somewhat analogous to French armored combat vehicle builder Panhard's VBL, and it can be similarly reconfigured for almost any mission.


It is not exactly clear what happened to this Cobra in particular, whether its tires were shot out, it hit a massive spike strip, or some other circumstance resulted in the demise of half its tires. Whatever it was, it probably wasn't pretty, but it looks like this Cobra is quite at home running on steel.

Tyler Rogoway is a defense journalist and photographer that maintains the website Foxtrot Alpha for You can reach Tyler with story ideas or direct comments regarding this or any other defense topic via the email address

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