FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (Hall 6, Stand B201) has unveiled the first prototype of the Pars 4x4 Anti-Tank Vehicle (ATV) it is developing to meet the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).
The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) awarded FNSS Savunma Sistemleri a contract for 260 ATVs in June 2016. The contract covers the supply of 76 Pars 4x4 wheeled ATVs and 184 Kaplan tracked ATVs, which includes prototypes of each used for verification and qualification tests that started in May. The programme is currently on schedule and production will soon start for final deliveries in 2021.
The vehicle at the show has two Russian Kornet laser-guided anti-tank guided weapons (ATGWs) in the ready to launch position, plus an additional four missiles carried internally for manual reloading. A 7.62mm machine gun with 500 rounds of ammunition is mounted to the right of the remote-controlled turret (RCT) in the roof, and two banks each of four electrically operated smoke grenade launchers are mounted on the hull rear, firing over the frontal arc. The RCT is fully stabilised with electric traverse and elevation and automatic and programmable deck clearance.
The sighting system includes a mid-wave or long-wave thermal imager camera, a day camera and a laser rangefinder with a maximum range of 10,000m.
Pars has a crew of four and is powered by a diesel engine coupled to a fully automatic transmission, which gives a maximum road speed of 110km/h and a road range of at least 700km. It is fully amphibious without preparation and powered in the water by two propellers at a speed of up to 6.5km/h.