Advertorial: FNSS Showcases the Future of Land Platforms at IDEF
We have published an advertorial titled “FNSS Showcases the Future of Land Platforms at IDEF” in the IDEF Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review (TDR). You can read the full content of the advertorial here:
Continuing to expand its product family with innovative products, FNSS is launching new vehicles and displaying the latest situation with its new platforms at IDEF 2017. Visitors of FNSS’ stand will also find the opportunity to directly see and touch the future of land platforms.
Displaying its broad range of solutions and capabilities, which include logistic support and modernisation for land platforms, FNSS will feature at its stand the following vehicles and weapons systems, which are all in the highest segment of their respective classes:
- KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank
- KAPLAN-30 New Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle
- KAPLAN-20 New Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle
- PARS III 8×8 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle
- PARS III 6×6 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle
- PARS SCOUT 6×6 Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle
- PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle
- TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret
- TEBER-30 Remote Controlled Turret
At the exhibition, FNSS will be launching the KAPLAN-30, the PARS III 8×8 and PARS III 6×6 Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicles, the PARS SCOUT 6×6 Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle, the ACV Modernisation, and the TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret. Following the initial launch of its design concept in Indonesia, the KAPLAN MT Medium Weight Tank prototype will be showcased for the first time in this event.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, summarised the progress FNSS has made thus far as follows: “In line with the strategic plan we laid out five years ago, we acted proactively by investing in the technologies and capabilities required by both the Turkish Armed Forces and armies around the world. The result was our family of tracked armoured combat vehicles from 15 to 30 tons, capable of responding to different requirements; our family of wheeled armoured vehicles from 4×4 to 8×8; and our family of armoured engineering vehicles that comprises the SAMUR and KUNDUZ. In addition to these already existing families, we are now preparing to introduce the KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank and the ZAHA Amphibious Armoured Assault Vehicle. Furthermore, we also meet our customers’ weapon-related needs through our manned and unmanned turrets equipped with 25, 30 and 40 mm weapons. Today, with its wide-ranging product family, and the effectiveness and technology that characterises its products, FNSS stands as one of the world’s leading land platform manufacturers.”
Concerning the future, Kurt also gave the following clues indicating a larger FNSS: “In recent times, FNSS took part in various projects involving the design and serial production of the PARS 4×4, KAPLAN 15, ACV 30 and ZAHA vehicles in Turkey. Overseas, it also achieved a new and significant export success with the PARS 6×6 and PARS 8×8. All these accomplishments will, within a period of one or two years, take the company’s annual turnover to the region of $500 million. Under our new strategic plan, our goal for the upcoming period is to reach a turnover of $1 billion. We will achieve this both with our current product family and the new platforms we will be introducing to this family. Over the past years, FNSS have shown itself to be a company capable of laying out the right strategies and becoming successful by implementing them. There is no doubt in my mind that the company will once again do the same within the period covered by our new strategic plan.”
Kurt’s concluding remarks were concerning FNSS’ customers – the company’s raison d’être: “FNSS is a company which has handled each one of its business endeavours with great diligence and attention since the day it was founded. We add value to our customers, starting all the way from the tender process. And even when we are not the one to win a tender, we know that FNSS’ inputs and approaches have the effect of improving the tender’s schedule, budget and quality parameters. FNSS is the Turkish Armed Forces’ largest supplier in terms all the different parameters, such as the number and types of vehicles in inventory. Moreover, FNSS has always ensured the continuity of its contacts with the foreign countries it is doing business with. Even after the initial contracts are executed, it continues to forge new deals and to maintain its presence in that country through integrated logistic support activities. We are working on joint developments projects for the AV8 in Malaysia and the KAPLAN MT in Indonesia. In Saudi Arabia, we are operating a state facility with our local partner. FNSS offers its overseas clients the best solution for armed forces, as well as the most suitable collaboration models for local defence industries. The prime reason why we are looking to the future with confidence is the satisfaction of our customers. I can confidently state that in the coming period, we will continue to keep customer satisfaction at the highest level.”
KAPLAN-20: New Generation Amphibious Armoured Fighting Vehicle
With the KAPLAN-20 Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV), FNSS carries its ACV class vehicles – which are already serving commendably in the inventories of the Turkish, United Arab Emirates and Malaysian Armed Forces – to the 21st century. The vehicle has an average power-to-weight ratio of 23 HP/ton depending on its combat weight, an automatic transmission and the ability to operate jointly with main battle tanks. Moreover, through the integration of different subsystems, the vehicle can execute a wide range of missions.
The hull of the KAPLAN-20 NGAFV, one of the few vehicles of its class with amphibious capabilities, is manufactured from ballistic materials and assembled using a ballistic welding technique. The power pack cabin and the expanded driver area are located at the front of the vehicle, while the gunner and the commander areas are located in the middle. The personnel carrier configuration can carry eight troops at the rear, while the configuration with the armed turret can carry six personnel.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, notes that FNSS continues to be assertive in the ACV class vehicles with the KAPLAN-20: “In recent years, the weight of armoured combat vehicles has increased considerably, especially due to the need for higher survivability. The KAPLAN-20 offers an effective solution in the market, in a different and lower weight class. The fact that our vehicle is amphibious also provides considerable flexibility to the armed forces that might potentially use it. With the KAPLAN-20, FNSS aims to continue the success it had with the ACV.”
KAPLAN-30: Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle with High Level of Protection
In IDEF 2017, FNSS is launching the KAPLAN-30, the new and more advanced model of its Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV) product family. Compared with the KAPLAN-15 and KAPLAN-20, which are the amphibious members of the KAPLAN family, the KAPLAN-30 draws attention with its high interior volume and high level of protection. Continuing to take heed of its potential customers’ requirements and to develop unique technologies, FNSS decided to develop the KAPLAN-30 NGAFV after noting the need for a higher weight vehicle in its class.
The vehicle has an average power-to-weight ratio of 20 HP/ton depending on its combat weight, an automatic transmission and the ability to operate jointly with main battle tanks. Moreover, through the integration of different subsystems, the vehicle can execute a broad variety of missions. With its ballistic armour and high level of protection against mines, KAPLAN-30 ensures the highest level of safety to the military personnel on-board. The ground clearance of the vehicle, the floor surface, the seating layout and height have all been designed according to the needed level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
The hull of the KAPLAN-30 NGAFV is manufactured from ballistic materials and assembled using a ballistic welding technique. The power pack cabin and the expanded driver area are located in the front of the vehicle, while the gunner and the commander areas are located in the middle. The personnel carrier configuration can carry eight troops at the rear, while the configuration with the armed turret can carry six personnel. The increased usable inner volume of the KAPLAN 30 NGAFV enables the user to transport more mission equipment and ammunition on-board the vehicle.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, says that the KAPLAN-30 represents the peak of the ACV class, noting that: “Behind the KAPLAN-30 lies FNSS’ over 30 years of experience, as well as its operational know-how resulting from thousands of FNSS-made ACVs. The vehicle we have made is the leader of its class in every way. One of the most important points which makes us proud of the KAPLAN-30 is that we have designed a vehicle that is balanced in all its capabilities, and in which an improvement in any one of its features – such as survivability, mobility, payload and interior volume – has not negatively impacted another. We are fully confident that the KAPLAN-30 will, in the coming period, become one of the significant players of the market.”
KAPLAN MT Brings a New Breath to the Tank Class
Currently under development by FNSS and Indonesian company PT Pindad within the scope of a joint project, the KAPLAN MT Modern Medium Weight Tank will be showcased to visitors in IDEF 2017 with its ready-for-testing prototype. The KAPLAN MT brings a new breath to the battlefield with its accurate direct fire capability, a wide selection of ammunition ranging from close fire support to anti-tank ammunition, and superior tactical and strategic mobility.
The KAPLAN MT is powered by a power pack at the rear of the vehicle, which delivers a power-to-weight ratio of about 20 HP/ton. The engine transfers this power to the drive system, which has a six-wheel, anti-shock suspension system with double-pinned tracks mounted on torsion bars. The vehicle’s firepower is provided by a CMI Cockerill® 3105 turret, integrated with a high-pressure 105 mm Cockerill gun and an advanced autoloader. Thanks to this turret, the KAPLAN MT has high firepower power despite its relatively low weight.
The interior of the vehicle was carefully engineered by taking into account the ergonomics of the crew and the different tactical and battlefield conditions, including driving, firing and ammunition loading and unloading. Special type of driver seat enables the operator to have adequate field of view, and to access all cabin equipment. The KAPLAN MT is also equipped with a battlefield management system and laser warning system that provides tactical awareness to the vehicle commander.
With high-end mine and ballistic protection for its class, the KAPLAN MT provides adequate firepower against battlefield threats with great speed of response and within a short period of time. This, in turn, ensures superior survivability and mobility on the battlefield.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, highlights both the capabilities and development model of the KAPLAN MT: “KAPLAN MT is a very special vehicle. In the later stages of the project, when we will show the performance of the vehicle on the field, the effectiveness of this design will be demonstrated more clearly. We are very pleased to develop this vehicle together with our Indonesian partner. FNSS has been successfully implementing different cooperation models for many years. In Malaysia, we are conducting the AV8 project with our business partner DEFTECH. In Saudi Arabia, we are operating a state-owned factory through our joint venture company, FNSS ME. In Indonesia, we apply a different model in which we jointly develop products. With its technology and experience, FNSS is ready to work together with friendly and allied countries under different cooperation models.”
PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle to Become the Star of its Class
The PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle, which distinguishes itself from other 4×4 vehicles with its engine located at the rear, will continue to turn heads and draw attention to itself at IDEF 2017. Selected by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries for the Anti-Tank Vehicle (ATV) project to meet the needs of the Turkish Land Forces Command, the PARS 4×4 has been developed to meet the specific and challenging requirements of its intended user. In the ATV project, the vehicle to be delivered in the tank hunter configuration is, thanks to its modular infrastructure, ready for new missions.
In addition to a power-to-weight ratio of 25 HP/ton, the vehicle also fields a low silhouette and amphibious capabilities. The vehicle can operate in deep and flowing water without requiring any prior preparations. The PARS 4X4 is also able to operate on any rough terrain, thanks to its low centre of gravity, fully independent suspension system, ABS-assisted hydraulic disc brakes, low ground pressure, and increased angles of approach and departure. The PARS 4×4 can climb slopes with 70 percent gradient, hold on slopes with 40 percent gradient, and pass over 40 cm vertical obstacles with ease.
The vehicle’s windows provide ballistic protection in line with user requirements, and are designed to provide a very wide field of vision to both the driver and the crew.
To reduce operating costs, the lifespan of many subsystems was kept the same as the lifespan of the vehicle, during the design process of the vehicle. Thanks to its power pack, which can be dismantled and installed quickly in the field, the vehicle also offers great ease of maintenance and logistic support.
For firepower, the PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle relies on FNSS’ Remote Controlled Anti-Tank Turret (RCAT). Owing to its compact size and low weight, this turret can be integrated to almost all wheeled and tracked armoured vehicles.
The turret is offered in two configurations, depending on whether KORNET or MIZRAK anti-tank missiles are used. The RCAT enables the gunner to carry out surveillance, target detection, identification, recognition, lock-on and missile guidance through the control console, while remaining under ballistic protection within the vehicle.
The RCAT weapon system allows the effective use of the KORNET and MIZRAK missiles on the anti-tank armoured platform at their maximum effective range, and thanks to its modular architecture, other anti-tank weapons can be easily integrated onto the turret.
The turret incorporates the latest technologies in turret drives, fire control system, survivability and firepower. Thanks to its integrated electro-optical sensors, it can operate night and day, in all weather conditions.
As main armament, the turret can be equipped with two KORNET-E or two MIZRAK-O missiles. The coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun, used as the secondary armament, increases the firepower of the turret, while also expanding the vehicle’s range of missions.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, highlights that the PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle differs greatly from comparable systems around the world: “Having the engine located at the rear, as well as its mobility and amphibious capabilities, takes this vehicle to a very different class and level. The RCAT weapon system found on the vehicle is a highly effective system against all main battle tanks and heavy armoured vehicles found in inventories around the world. We can say this with full confidence: With the PARS 4×4 Anti-Tank Vehicle, FNSS offers a complete weapon system solution that is rarely seen in the market within the 4×4 category. In the near future, we will see the PARS 4×4 as a vehicle that can also meet user requirements under different configurations.”
The PARS Product Family Passes the Torch to the Third Generation
The PARS tactical wheeled armoured vehicle family of FNSS will make an appearance at IDEF 2017 with its third generation members. The PARS III 8×8 and PARS III 6×6 will be showcased to visitors for the first time in the IDEF 2017 exhibition.
Both vehicles boast the highest wheel navigation and lowest turn radius of their classes. The two-seat driver’s cabin at the front of the vehicles offers a 180° horizontal field of vision and a high level of driving safety and comfort. Thanks to their armour systems with modular designs, the hulls of the vehicles can be brought up to the specific level of protection required by the user. The hull shape, underbelly structure, base plates and specially developed mine-resistant seats are all designed to protect personnel against high-level mine threats and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The PARS III 8×8 and PARS III 6×6 offer the protection level of mine-resistant vehicles produced for personnel transport, while also possessing the capabilities expected of a modern armoured combat vehicle.
The modular connection of the vehicle subsystems to the mine-resistant hull ensures easy maintenance and replacement. The easy maintenance and easy replacement of moving parts and the power transmission systems, in particular, make these vehicles superior to their counterparts. The power pack architecture, which allows disassembly and reassembly in less than 60 minutes, allows the user to replace the engine in the field as an additional benefit.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, says that the development of the PARS product family is a reflection of FNSS’ innovative side: “In a rather crowded market with many products, the PARS product family successfully stands out with its innovative features. The vehicle is used both in Asia and the Middle East, which demonstrates its ability to adapt to different environmental conditions and technical requirements. With the PARS III, FNSS clearly demonstrates that it will continue to develop this vehicle family, and that it will continue to provide users with the most up-to-date solutions at all times.”
PARS SCOUT 6×6: Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle
Continuing to expand its PARS Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle product family with new vehicles, FNSS brings a new breath to reconnaissance and internal security missions with its PARS SCOUT 6×6 Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (SPTWAV). PARS SCOUT 6×6 differs from other members of the PARS product family with its two-seat cabin at the front of the vehicle, featuring transparent armour (ballistic glass) and a 230° horizontal viewing angle. This cabin ensures high driving safety and situational awareness for the personnel on-board.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 22 HP/ton, the PARS SCOUT 6×6 can reach a speed of 100 km/h; move through 60 percent gradients and on 30 percent side slopes, and cross 60 cm high vertical obstacles and 120 cm wide trenches. The vehicle has 6×6 and 6×4 driving characteristics, and all of its axles can be locked when necessary. When used in amphibious mode, the PARS SCOUT 6×6 can reach speeds of up to 8 km/s.
The hull shape, underbelly structure, base plates and specially developed mine-resistant seats are all designed to protect personnel against high-level mine threats. The PARS 6×6 SCOUT offers the protection level of mine-resistant vehicles produced for personnel transport, while also possessing the capabilities expected of a modern armoured combat vehicle.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, also highlights that PARS SCOUT 6×6 is a special vehicle: “When you have a mature and modular tool at hand, it becomes easier to design different variants for specific needs. The PARS family gives us ample opportunity to do so. The PARS SCOUT 6×6 is actually quite a special vehicle, since it harbours at the same time all the superior qualities of PARS product family. We are confident that our vehicle will meet the special needs of our current and potential customers in the best way possible.”
TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret to Become the New Reference Point of its Field
The TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret developed by FNSS is set to become the new reference for manned turrets used in armoured combat vehicles. Incorporating the latest technologies in turret drives, fire control, protection and lethality, the TEBER-30 turret can function night and day in all weather conditions and battle environments, thanks to its integrated sensors and other electronic systems. The turret’s modular structure also provides a basis for future configuration changes.
The TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret combines all the advantages of manned turrets with technological solutions and an ergonomic design. Within the turret, the commander and gunner are seated in a conventional configuration, inside the turret basket. Both the gunner and the commander can control all functions of the turret. In addition, thanks to the manual backup system, the gunner can steer the turret on the traverse and elevation axis in cases of emergency and fire the weapons.
As its primary armament, the turret carries a 30 mm calibre, Mk44 dual feed automatic cannon with a rate of fire of 200 rounds per minute. The turret has two compartments storing 300 ready rounds in total. The modular design of the ammunition box and chutes enables the use of SuperShot 40 mm (40 x 180 mm) ammunition. The calibre of the primary armament can thus be raised to 40 mm. Secondary armament consists of a 7.62mm Mk52 or 7.62 machine gun with 1,000 ready rounds.
Equipped with an electric drive system as well as two axis stabilisation to increase the hit ratio while moving, the turret can turn 360 degrees on the traverse axis without limitation, at a minimum speed of 60 degrees/second, while its weapons can be used between an elevation axis of -10 to +45 degrees.
TEBER-30 Two-Man turret has an advanced fire control capability with the help of its on-board fire control computer and two axis stabilised independent sight system. The system generates a kinematic lead solution to increase the first-round-hit probability for stationary and moving targets, thus ensuring a more efficient utilisation of ammunition. The independent systems used by the commander and the gunner also provide hunter/shooter capabilities to the turret.
The shell of the TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret is made of all-welded aluminium armour with add-on composite and steel armour that provide a high level of ballistic protection.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, notes that the TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret demonstrates how manned turret can still be effective: “Certain countries continue to prefer manned turrets. In line with its goal of meeting, in the best way possible, the requirements of very different customers from across the world when developing products, FNSS has designed a manned turret that is the best of its class. The TEBER-30 Two-Man Turret clearly demonstrates that cooperation between man and machine can be achieved effectively and ergonomically, with a high level of protection.”
TEBER-30/35 Remote Controlled Turret: Low In-Vehicle Signature and High Firepower
The TEBER-30/35 Remote Controlled Turret (RCT) provides high firepower to armoured combat vehicles without having a turret basket extending into the vehicle. The commander and gunner control the turret from one of the consoles inside the vehicle, leaving a considerable amount of space for personnel and other equipment.
The TEBER-30/35 RCT can be equipped with 30 and 35 mm main armaments. In its 30 mm configuration, the turret fields a double-feed Mk44 automatic cannon firing 30×173 mm ammunition at 200 rounds per minute, and can store 250 ready rounds in total. In the 35 mm configuration, it is equipped with a double-feed automatic cannon firing 35×228 mm ammunition at 200 rounds per minute, and can store 100 ready rounds in total. Another important feature of the 30 mm configuration is that, owing to its compatibility with the SuperShot 40 mm (40 x 180 mm) ammunition, it can be upgraded to field a 40 mm calibre main armament.
In both configurations, the secondary armament consists of a 7.62 mm Mk52 or 7.62 mm machine gun, with 750 ready rounds.
The most critical feature of the TEBER-30/35 RCT is that it allows the reloading of ammunition from inside the vehicle under high armour protection. This feature eliminates the need for crewmen to leave the vehicle to resupply ammunition under battle conditions, thus increasing personnel safety.
Equipped with an electric drive system as well as two axis stabilisation to increase the hit ratio while moving, the turret can turn 360 degrees on the traverse axis without limitation, at a minimum speed of 60 degrees/second, while its weapons have an elevation axis between -10 and +45 degrees.
The on-board fire control computer and two axes stabilised independent sight system grants the turret an advanced fire control capability. The system generates a kinematic lead solution to increase the first-round-hit probability for stationary and moving targets. The turret also features a two axis stabilised 360o panoramic commander’s sight with thermal camera, day camera and laser range finder on the top plate, as well as hunter/sharpshooter capabilities.
TEBER-30/35 turret shell is made of all-welded aluminium armour with add-on composite and steel armour providing ballistic protection up to STANAG 4569 standard.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, emphasises that the TEBER-30/35 RCT includes all the features expected from an unmanned turret: “In addition to being unmanned, the TEBER-30/35 RCT and enables reloading from within the vehicle, thus increasing operator safety to the highest level. FNSS has considerable know-how on unmanned turrets, which is a relatively new type of product on which various parties often express a lack of knowledge and experience regarding its operational concepts. We therefore offer an effective and competent solution to the user that includes our technology and experience.”
ACV-15 Modernisation and Life Extension Solutions by FNSS
Standing behind its products that are in inventories throughout their life cycle, FNSS is also ready to carry its first products, the Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV) and Improved Armoured Personnel Carrier (IAPC), to the future. Taking into account the evolving needs and newly emerging threats, FNSS will be demonstrating a prototype vehicle in IDEF 2017 on which it applied the comprehensive modernisation package it prepared for the ACV and IAPC vehicles. With this modernisation package it financed entirely with its own resources, without there being an official project associated with this endeavour, FNSS clearly sends the message that it always stands by its products.
There are nearly 2,650 FNSS-made ACVs and IAPCs currently serving in the Turkish Armed Forces and the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the Philippines. Deliveries began in 1991, with the last of these vehicles being delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2004. The ACV and IAPC, which can operate independently or together with tanks, still constitute the backbone of Turkish infantry forces.
These vehicles have recently been used in various operations, and FNSS has been working for some time of modernisation packages to improve their survivability, situational awareness, firepower and mobility of these. With this modernisation package, prepared by taking user feedback into account, the aim is to update the vehicles according to the changing threat landscape, to increase their performance, and to lengthen their lifespan, such that they may serve better during their time in the inventory.
The main features of the modernisation solution prepared by FNSS are listed as follows:
- Survivability: Priority given to the enhancement of mine and ballistic protection levels, mine resistant seats, protection lining (spall liner) applications, dual-stage automatic fire extinguishing and suppression systems, an NBC System with new indigenously produced filters, air conditioning for the crew, and the RPG protection net.
- Situational Awareness: Close range situational awareness system, acoustic gunshot detection system and laser warning system.
- Firepower: Remote Controlled Weapon System (RCWS) with integrated acoustic gunshot detection system, and improvements on existing firing systems.
- Mobility: Improvement of drive systems and power pack.
While putting together its modernisation package, FNSS focused on criteria such as ensuring savings by keeping costs low and making use of joint logistics support.
Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, highlights FNSS’ modernisation capabilities as follows: “FNSS is one the world’s most experienced companies in the modernisation of ACV and IAPC class vehicles. For a long time, we have been operating a state-owned facility in Saudi Arabia together with our local partner, where we modernise the M113 vehicles in Saudi Arabia’s inventory. Among M113s around the world, these vehicles stand out as the most modern and highest performing ones. The user is also very satisfied with the modernisation we call the M113A4. We are now adapting this experience, as well as the know-how and technology we acquired while developing new vehicles, to the ACV and IAPC. We offer the best solution from technical, cost and schedule standpoints. The vehicle we showcase at IDEF 2017 also bears an important message: Even after 27 years, FNSS continues to stand behind its products.”
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