IDEX 2019

Wide-ranging capabilities [IDEX19D1]

17 February 2019

Turkish company FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (Stand 10-C05) has brought its latest Anti-tank Remote Controlled Turret (ARCT) to IDEX, which has been type classified by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) for installation on two platforms: the Pars 4x4 wheeled armoured combat vehicle (WACV) and the tracked Kaplan 10 armoured fighting vehicle (AFV).

A contract has been placed by the TLFC covering the supply of 76 Pars WACV and 184 of the tracked Kaplan 10, with deliveries to start in the second half of 2019 and run through to the end of 2021.

The design and low weight of 600kg of the ARCT are such that it can be fitted to a wide range of tracked and wheeled platforms to enhance their anti-tank and reconnaissance capability. It comprises a stabilised mount with the sensor pod in the middle, which consists of day camera, mid-wave or long-wave thermal camera and an eye-safe laser rangefinder.

Either side of this is a single anti-tank guided missile, which can be the Russian KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet or the Turkish Roketsan OMTAS, with additional missiles carried inside the platform for manual reloading. A 7.62mm machine gun is mounted externally on the right side and provided with 500 rounds of ready-use ammunition. The machine gun features rearming, firing and electrical extraction of the spent cartridge cases from under armour.

The sensor package ARCT has electric traverse through 360° at 60°/s and electric elevation from -25° to +25°, also at 60°/s.

FNSS is also showing the Pars III (8x8) in the infantry fighting vehicle configuration, fitted with the latest Saber-25 turret armed with a 25mm M242 dual-feed cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, and its Teber 30 remote controlled turret with a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.

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