Turkey's FNSS unveiled a version of its Kaplan tracked armoured vehicle armed with a 30 mm gun at the country's IDEF 2017 exhibition, held in Istanbul on 9-12 May. The medium-calibre armament is designed to allow the new vehicle to operate alongside main battle tanks (MBTs).
The Kaplan-30 Next Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NGAFV) is fitted with an FNSS Teber-30 turret housing a 30 mm Orbital ATK Armament Systems MK44 dual-feed automatic cannon and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
The turret is fitted with an independent panoramic commander's sight and a stabilised gunner's sight. Both of these are equipped with a laser rangefinder, fire control system (FCS), and day/thermal channels. The turret's modular ammunition box and chutes can also be converted to fire 35 mm or 40 mm SuperShot ammunition if the cannon is changed. The Teber turret is available in both two-person and remote-controlled configurations.
The new vehicle is also fitted with a modular armour system and underbelly mine protection, with integration of an active protection system (APS) also available as an option. This could comprise the hard-kill Akkor system, developed by Turkish company Aselsan and intended to equip the Altay MBT, or a foreign system. An acoustic shot detection system is also mounted to the roof of the vehicle.
Unlike the Kaplan-20, the Kaplan-30 is fitted with two banks of four smoke grenade launchers to the rear of the hull roof, with an additional pair of four mounted on the turret sides. These could conceivably be linked to a soft-kill APS to fire automatically in response to detected projectile threats such as laser-guided anti-tank missiles. A situational awareness system consisting of a number of externally mounted cameras, a battlefield management system (BMS), and an identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system are also fitted.
Unlike the Kaplan-20, the Kaplan-30 is not amphibious but it does have increased interior space because it is 35 cm wider and 10 cm higher.
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