Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri is launching the Saber 25 one-person medium-calibre turret at IDEX 2015 (Stand 10-A05). The turret has been developed by the company as a private venture for installation on new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs), or to upgrade the firepower of older platforms.
Saber 25 builds on the company’s experience in the design, development and production of more than 120 Sharpshooter Mk 1 and Mk 2 turrets, which have been supplied to a number of export customers for installation on tracked and wheeled platforms. Development of the Saber 25 started in 2013 and first static firings took place in 2014.
The turret is of all-welded aluminium armour with an appliqué composite and steel armour package that is claimed to provide ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level 4. When compared with the Sharpshooter Mk 1 and Mk 2 turrets, the Saber 25 turret has a significant 60 per cent increase in internal volume, but with less than a 10 per cent increase in external dimensions.
As shown at IDEX, the turret is armed with the combat-proven ATK Armament Systems stabilised 25mm M242 dual-feed cannon with a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun (MG), plus banks of electrically operated grenade launchers. The M242 is provided with 240 rounds of ready-use ammunition; the empty cartridge cases are ejected out of the turret.
The latest all-electric gun control equipment is fitted, plus a digital fire control system with ballistic computer. The gunner is provided with a roof-mounted sighting system that includes a third-generation long- or mid-wave thermal imager, a telescopic day optical channel, an eye-safe laser rangefinder and a unity window for surveillance purposes.