FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has developed and tested a modular upgrade package for its Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV).
The system has been developed following discussions with a number of potential customers, and is customisable by end users to meet specific operational and funding requirements.
Survivability is emphasised with an enhanced level of mine and ballistic protection; mine resistant seats; installation of spall liners; a two stage automatic fire-suppression system; nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) system with new indigenously developed filters; and an air conditioning system.
In addition a net-type rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection system, supplied by QinetiQ, is fitted to neutralise the fuze of an incoming high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead before it comes into contact with the main armour of the vehicle.
The ACV has a crew of three comprising the commander, gunner, and driver. It can also accommodate eight dismounts, who are seated four on either side in the middle facing outwards.
A close-range situational awareness system is installed with the images being displayed on flat panel displays inside of the vehicle.
The upgraded platform is also fitted with an acoustic gunshot detection system and a laser warning system, which improves the crew's ability to respond to threats.
The first upgraded example is based on the ACV-15 and is fitted with a remote-weapon system (RWS) armed with a .50 calibre M2 HB machine gun (MG), which is also connected to the gunshot detection system.
Some ACV-15 examples have been fitted with a powered one-person turret armed with a 25 mm cannon and 7.62 mm co-axial MG, while others have a protected weapon station (PWS) armed with a M2 HB MG.
FNSS Savunma Sistemleri can fit the ACV-15 with the latest range of RWS, PWS, or one-person turrets.
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