New Turkish Kaplan-20 IFV unveiled

At the recent IDEF conference in Istanbul Turkey, FNSS reveled their new Kaplan-20 IFV. According to Jane’s Defense, the 20 ton vehicle is a working prototype and trials are planned to begin later in 2015. Although not created for a current Turkish military requirement, Turkey is expected to be in the market for a new IFV in the near future. According to Jane’s, The Kaplan-20 is available with two turret options, with both a two-person and an unmanned version of the FNSS Teber turret being offered. Either can be fitted with a 30-40 mm automatic cannon, with the IDEF display vehicle being equipped with an unmanned turret armed with a an ATK Bushmaster Mk 44 30 mm dual-feed cannon. Both turret configurations are armed with a 7.62 mm coaxial chain gun. Kaplan means “tiger” in Turkish.

Pars 4×4 vehicle displayed at IDEF 2015

large_pars4x4-03Jane’s is reporting that Turkish defense firm FNSS has unveiled a new 4×4 AFV at the IDEF defense exhibition in Istanbul.  The vehicle is called the Pars 4×4 and has been designed to fulfill the wheeled component of the Turkish Land Forces’ Anti-Tank Vehicle requirement. The cab of the vehicle is protected against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats.  According to Jane’s, the vehicle displayed at IDEF was armed with an Aselsan SARP remote-controlled turret (RCT) equipped with a 12.7 mm H2 Browning machine gun. Company officials said that the Pars 4×4 can also be armed with a range of different unmanned turret options, including an RCT armed with anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) or an RCT armed with a 20 mm or 25 mm automatic cannon.

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