A complete of 26 new technology tank destroyer vehicles, KAPLAN, developed by the Turkish protection agency FNSS have been delivered to Turkish Armed Forces thus far, the corporate’s chairman stated Tuesday. The newest deliveries additionally carry domestic medium-range anti-tank missile OMTAS.
The newest batch of vehicles is the first one to make use of the OMTAS gun turrets developed by the nation’s main protection firm ROKETSAN.
The FNSS Chairman Nail Kurt stated that these 26 vehicles have been delivered to this point throughout the scope of the weapon provider vehicles challenge beforehand inked between the Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) and the FNSS.
“The final two of these have been delivered with OMTAS gun turrets,” Kurt stated and have thus entered the military’s stock as anti-tank vehicles.
Kurt additionally famous that the corporate took all measures to forestall any delay within the supply of merchandise as a result of results of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that Pars 4×4 vehicles, which have additionally been developed below the scope of the identical challenge are anticipated to be delivered with OMTAS missiles.
The qualification exams have began at full pace for the Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV), Kurt went on saying, noting that they’re anticipated to be accomplished over the course of the following yr.
“Mass manufacturing can be accomplished by the tip of 2021 and the start of 2022 and 27 vehicles can be delivered,” he stated.
Speaking on the corporate plans over the course of the remainder of the yr, throughout a press assembly, Kurt stated that they anticipate a 15% lower in gross sales, which isn’t solely as a result of of the COVID-19 outbreak however quite because of delays in anticipated and signed tasks.
Talking in regards to the results of the outbreak he added that it’ll take as much as one yr for the affect of the virus to change into obvious and that it’s too early to return to any conclusion about it. He additionally added that the consequences mustn’t solely be thought of adverse.
Pointing out that an ecosystem has been developed within the protection trade within the final 30-35 years and it had gained critical momentum in recent times, Kurt stated, “It shouldn’t be misplaced, as a result of it is going to be very troublesome and dear to stand up and operating once more. Precautions to take care of this ecosystem and guarantee sustainability are required,” he stated.
New tasks overseas
The protection firm chairman has additionally given details about the agency’s actions overseas and said that they don’t foresee any change in export plans.
The firm presently has a challenge that features the set up of a facility, together with an ongoing challenge in Oman, he stated including that Malaysia can also be very within the Pars 4×4 and the Nurol Makina’s Ejder Yalçın 4×4 armored fight vehicles.
The modernization and improve of the armored fight car Adnan are wanted within the Southeast Asian nation, Kurt famous and its seek for 8×8 vehicles continues as properly.
Pointing out that the FNSS has signed a brand new contract for the medium weight class tank KAPLAN MT in Indonesia, Kurt said that they anticipate to obtain bigger orders over the course of as much as two years of interval.
KAPLAN MT, medium weight tanks have been co-produced by the Turkish protection contractor FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad.
The medium tank is appropriate to be used in nations with solely two seasons in Southeast Asia, like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines in addition to in four-season nations as a result of it could function at a most temperature of 50 levels Celsius, and at a minimal temperature of minus 30 levels Celsius.
The KAPLAN MT prototype was first exhibited on the 13th International Defense Industry Fair held in May 2017. The first prototype was despatched to Indonesia in September 2017.
A CMI Cockerill 3105 tower – geared up to fireside high-pressure 105-millimeter (mm) shells – gives the tank’s important firepower.
The diesel-engine powered tank has a totally computerized transmission and is ready to carry three crew members –a driver, a shooter and a commander.
With a most pace of 70 kilometre per hour (kph), the car has a variety of 450 kilometers.
Ballistic guards defend the tank’s physique and the car has add-on armor. In addition, the tank’s stomach is guarded in opposition to mines.
It additionally has a secondary weapon within the form of a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
Kurt said that there’s a want for a brand new technology armored fight car and weapon turret weighing greater than 30 tons, which have additionally discovered their place within the firm portfolios.
A young for a challenge in South Korea remains to be persevering with, Kurt knowledgeable as they anticipate it to be accomplished within the first months of 2020. He additionally hinted that they’re hopeful on tasks relating to South America and a few Turkic republics.
He additional added that they’ve tasks for unmanned land vehicles consistent with the demand.