Tracked & Wheeled Armoured Vehicles
FNSS continues innovating, keeping up the high performance of its products and its contributions to the development of local industries. Aiming to expand its user base, FNSS will showcase the PARS III 8×8 and PARS 4×4 Wheeled Armored Vehicles (AMV, more on this on 11 June, watch this space!), and the KAPLAN-20 New Generation Armoured Fighting Vehicle (NG-AFV) at Eurosatory 2018, which all been developed to meet a broad range of operational needs.
FNSS stands out as a company that can offer complete solutions both to armed forces that wish to procure, “the best available land platforms, and to countries that are seeking to develop their domestic industries,” the company states ahead of Eurosatory 2018. “FNSS platforms and weapon systems meet the most stringent of requirements, practically setting world standards of their own, while its broad experience in collaboration and technology transfer is allowing it to acquire important work shares in projects in which users seek to promote the development of their own local industries.”
FNSS’ programmes with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Indonesia all stand as success stories demonstrating the company’s outstanding performance in this regard:
- Having delivered 133 ACV-15 vehicles to the UAE, FNSS continues to carry out the maintenance and management of these vehicles through its UAE office.
- When the Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces considered the modernisation of different types of M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC), FNSS not only offered them an effective solution, but also implemented it by assuming the operation of the Al-Kharj maintenance and repair facilities belonging to the Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces. Within the scope of successive contracts that involved three phases, FNSS modernised over 1,000 M113’s to the M113A4 level.
- FNSS forged its first relations with Malaysia through the ACV-15, and under three separate orders Malaysia purchased a total of 267 ACV-15s & ACV-19s in different configurations. The project also involved the transfer of technology and the final assembly of some of these vehicles – designated ADNAN by the end user – in Malaysia.
- Pleased with its ADNAN tracked armoured vehicles, Malaysia also selected FNSS for the development and local production of wheeled armoured vehicles, purchasing a total of 257 AV8 GEMPITA platforms in 12 configurations, based on FNSS’ PARS family of vehicles. Benefitting from the experience it gained with ADNAN, the Malaysian industry (DEFTECH – DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies) assumed the role of prime contractor in this project.
- Following the Malaysian example, Oman also selected the PARS product family to meet its wheeled armoured vehicle requirements. Currently preparing to deliver a total of 172 vehicles in 13 configurations to Oman, FNSS will also provide local solutions to the vehicles’ life cycle support and management requirements. While 145 of these vehicles will be PARS III 8×8 platforms, delivered in eight different configurations, the remaining 27 will be PARS III 6×6 platforms, and will be delivered in five different configurations.
- In line with evolving concepts of warfare, Indonesia identified a requirement for a medium-class tank. FNSS and its local partners jointly developed the KAPLAN MT, which is currently undergoing qualification tests.
A common feature of FNSS’ activities in these countries is high user satisfaction, and the frequent follow-up of the initial contract with new contracts. This has led FNSS’ business volume outside Turkey to pass the $2.6 billion mark.
“FNSS is a company with a deeply-rooted corporate culture of working as a team with both the user and local industry in different countries,” K. Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS, commenting about their international collaborations, said. “In every country we go to, we adopt a holistic approach to projects by taking the entire life cycle into account. Our goal is to provide, from the very first delivery, the best systems in the world to our users, and to ensure that these systems remain as ready and effective as they were on their first day for their entire duration of use, until they are removed from the inventory. To achieve these goals, we adopt different cooperation models in line with our users’ preferences. Based on the level of competence of local companies, we have successfully implemented a large variety of business models, ranging from technology transfer to joint development. We find the new opportunities ahead to be very exciting, and we are ready to forge new collaborations and to build new friendships.”
Eurosatory 2018 is showcasing the future of innovation across the land forces sector and MONCh (Moench Online News Channel at www.monch.com) brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2018, available at the show in hall 6, stand #D198.; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.