FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has taken the opportunity at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul to debut its latest Pars III family of armoured fighting vehicles, in both 6x6 and 8x8 configurations.
The earlier generation 8x8 Pars was developed by the company as a private venture specifically for the export market.
Malaysia became the first customer of the type, taking delivery of 247 vehicles - comprising of 12 variants - under the local designation of AV8.
The first AV8 originated from the company's production line but local assembly is now being carried out by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech) in Malaysia with FNSS supplying key subsystems such as the driveline.
The 8x8 Pars III has a typical gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 30 tonnes. In the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration it has a crew of three consisting of commander, gunner, and driver, and carries nine dismounts.
The vehicle has steering enabled on four axles and is powered by a diesel engine coupled to an automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case, which gives a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h and a road range of 700 km.
Meanwhile, the 6x6 vehicle has a GVW of 25 tonnes and typically has a crew of three plus six dismounts, with steering enabled on the first and last road wheel stations.
Both vehicles have a hull of all-welded steel to which a modular appliqué armour package can be fitted.
FNSS claims that the hull design of the Pars III offers a higher level of protection against mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), with all crew members provided with blast shock mitigation seats.
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