Land Platforms

Pusat commences initial trials

17 May 2017

Turkey's Tumosan has completed the development of the first example of their Pusat (4x4) vehicle.

The initial vehicle is in the armoured personnel carrier (APC) configuration and has been developed using internal research and development funding, with the company responsible for all aspects of the design.

The first example of the Pusat (4x4) is in the APC configuration. (Christopher F Foss)The first example of the Pusat (4x4) is in the APC configuration. (Christopher F Foss)

While many companies use modified commercially available platforms for this type of vehicle, Tumosan has adopted a different approach, taking total responsibility for the engine, transmission, drive line, and suspension.

The vehicle has started its initial company trials, but is not expected to be qualified and ready for production for several years.

The design features a protected engine compartment at the front, which leaves the remainder of the vehicle clear for mission systems and up to nine dismounts.

The powerpack consists of a Tumosan X 5.3 litre 4-cylinder diesel developing 250 hp coupled to the company's Dura 1300 AMT automatic transmission, which has eight forward and one reverse gear, and a two-speed transfer case.

This unit supports a maximum road speed of 110 km/h, acceleration of 0 to 48 km/h in 10 seconds, and a respectable power-to-weight ratio of 24 hp/tonne.

The independent suspension has a total wheel travel of 300 mm, which is intended to provide a high level of cross-country mobility; the vehicle uses 335.80 R20 run-flat tyres.

A central tyre inflation system is fitted, which enables the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the terrain being crossed.

The design features an all-welded steel monocoque hull that provides the crew with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters, it also has V-shaped bottom that is intended to enhance protection against under vehicle blasts.

The crew are provided with mine resistant seats and a modular armour package has been developed, which enables a higher level of protection if this is required by the end user.

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