FNSS Provides Nine Kaplan (Tiger) to Army
The defence Ministry announced that seven Kaplan vehicle are sent to the 5th Armoured Brigade Command in Gaziantep, and two are deployed at the 2nd Armoured Brigade Command in Kahramanmaraş.
So far, 103 Kaplan 10 tracked vehicle and 19 Pars 4X4 wheeled armoured anti-tank vehicle are deployed. Vehicles can fire medium-range Omtas or Kornet anti-tank guided missile.
Turkish Army will require 208 Kaplan and 136 Pars vehicle.
KAPLAN ANTI-TANK has a low silhouette and can operate at high speed, not only on asphalt but also on soft soil or muddy and rough terrains under all weather conditions.
The advanced suspension track system is designed to reduce vibrations and improve road holding. Access to the vehicle is gained through a personnel door on the ramp or the hydraulic ramp located at the vehicle’s rear. The maintenance and repair of the power pack are carried out via the cabin access hatch. For balance, the two fuel tanks are located at the rear. They are fully armoured and isolated from the vehicle to ensure the security of personnel.
KAPLAN ANTI-TANK is one of the very few vehicles to have amphibious characteristics. Thanks to the two water propulsion systems located at the rear of the vehicle, KAPLAN ANTI-TANK can perform in deep and fast-flowing waters. In addition to this, the vehicle may enter the water without prior preparation.
The hull of KAPLAN ANTI-TANK is manufactured and integrated using a ballistic welding technique. While the power pack cabin and the expanded driver area is located at the front of the vehicle, the gunner and the commander areas are located in the middle of the vehicle. The rear part includes the gunner’s aid and additional crew sections.
There are also laser-protected glass periscopes that allow the driver to see outside with a wide-angle of view, providing a high situational awareness. Integrated night vision systems are standard in all variants