The contract negotiations held with FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. in relation to the Anti-Tank Vehicle Project, which were initiated by the Defense Industry Executive Committee’s decision taken on March 9, 2016, have recently been concluded, and the project contract was officially signed on June 27, 2016, at a ceremony held in the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries.
The project will involve the integration of anti-tank missiles within the Turkish Land Forces inventory on armored vehicles equipped with anti-tank turrets developed specifically for the project.
A total of 260 Anti-Tank Vehicles will be procured within the scope of the project, including both tracked and wheeled vehicles. The anti-tank guided missile system turrets will be developed with modern Fire and Command-Control capabilities.
In addition to their ready-to-fire anti-tank guided missiles each turret will be equipped with a 7.62 machine gun.
FNSS plans to use the lightest member of the KAPLAN vehicle family as the platform for the tracked type vehicle of the Anti-Tank Vehicles project, while considering the PARS 4x4 as the basis for the project’s wheeled type anti-tank vehicle.
In addition to having ballistic and mine protection, the amphibious tracked and wheeled Anti-Tank Vehicles will be capable of conducting joint operations with armored units, and have a modular mechanical and electronic infrastructure that enables rapid adaptation of future potential requirements.
Within the scope of this project; Design, development and prototype qualification processes will be completed in 2018; and in the following two-year period, serial production of 260 each Anti-Tank vehicles shall be completed and delivered to Turkish Land Forces.
FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. is a Turkish joint venture company owned 51% by Nurol Holding of Turkey and 49% by BAE Systems, Inc. with facilities located in Gölbaşı, Ankara, Turkey.
FNSS has a full family of Tracked Armored Combat Vehicles (ACV-15), designed with the necessary mounting provisions to transform the vehicle into various configurations based on user requirements. The Advanced Armored Personnel Carrier (AAPC) configuration forms the base vehicle for all other variants of this family of vehicles. FNSS has developed the ACV-19 family of vehicles which provides higher internal usable volume and payload. ACV-19 offers the latest developments in high value vehicle performance while maintaining commonality with the ACV-15 family of vehicles.
ACVs manufactured by FNSS have been used for thousands of kilometers by Turkish and UAE Army contingencies serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in Somalia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Recently, FNSS unveiled the latest member of the wheeled armored vehicle family named as PARS 4x4. The vehicle is fully amphibious without any preparations and capable of carrying ATGM launchers or RWS for specific missions.
In 2015, FNSS unveiled its new-generation, tracked armored fighting vehicle (AFV), KAPLAN at the International Defense Industry Fair IDEF'15. The vehicle is intended to meet tactical and technical needs of the modern infantry and cavalry units. The vehicle is fully amphibious and it can be deployed in special operations, full-spectrum conflicts, reconnaissance, independent infantry operations, and mechanized/armored infantry operations.