More roles for Turangga [ID18D2]

07 November 2018

Local company Tugasanda Defense (Hall A, Stand A310) is presenting a new version of its Turangga (4x4) armoured personnel carrier (APC), which was originally developed using internal research and development funding.

An initial batch of 13 Turangga APCs has already been delivered to the Indonesian Army and will be followed by another 23, also in the APC configuration. Tugasanda has also supplied unarmoured ambulance vehicles to the Indonesian Army.

The latest model, based on a Ford F-550 (4x4) chassis, is fitted with a complete package of subsystems from Turkey’s Aselsan, including a roof-mounted acoustic small arms detection device, retractable mast-mounted battlefield surveillance radar (left) and a retractable mast-mounted surveillance package (right), consisting of day/thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder. It has a welded steel armour body that provides ballistic protection to STANAG 4569 Level 2. Bullet/splinter-proof windows provide the same level of ballistic protection, as well as situational awareness through 360°.

When used in the APC configuration, the Turangga can carry 12 people including the commander and driver. The vehicle is powered by a 6.7-litre V8 turbocharged diesel engine, coupled to a fully automatic six-speed transmission and has permanent 4x4 drive. The heavy-duty suspension is claimed to provide a high level of cross-country mobility and 335/80 R20 run-flat tyres are fitted with a bead lock system.

Options include a roof-mounted protected weapon station, a remote weapon station or turret, which would typically be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun, front-mounted winch, firing ports, siren and communications equipment, including radios and a vehicle intercom.

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