Turkish, Indonesian Battle Tank Unveiled in Istanbul
Turkey’s FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad unveiled the jointly developed medium weight tank, KAPLAN MT, during the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul on May 10.MMWT @ IDEF 2017 [sweeneygov] ★
FNSS CEO Nail Kurt said at a news conference that the KAPLAN MT program represents not only a new product but also the implementation of a new approach for cooperation in the multinational defense industry.
Kurt said that in line with FNSS’ new vision of being the globe’s trusted and respected defense partner, the tank program was launched three years ago with PT Pindad, accompanied by the two countries’ defense ministries.
“This medium weight tank is a very effective solution to today’s asymmetric warfare conditions exposed which many armies are exposed to,” he said, adding that the “conditions require easy and fast deployment, high mobility, low visibility, high firepower, and yet low cost.”
Highlighting the company’s previous successes in foreign countries, Kurt said, such as in the UAE, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, the rest of the industry will also follow FNSS in Indonesia and it will support a boost in trade relations between the two friendly countries.
Armored vehicles manufacturer FNSS is a joint venture in which Turkish Nurol Holding and British BAE Systems have 51 and 49 percent shareholding, respectively.
High capability to move The KAPLAN MT tank is set to make a powerful contribution thanks to its fire capacity and large ammunition options as well as its superior ability to move.
A CMI Cockerill 3105 tower - equipped to fire high-pressured 105mm shells - provides the tank’s firepower.
Diesel-engine powered, the tank has a full automatic transmission and is able to carry three crew members: A driver, shooter and commander.
Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industries İsmail Demir said the medium weight tank development project is also a government-to-government program part of the defense cooperation agreement between two “brother countries.”
“FNSS from Turkey and PT Pindad from Indonesia were assigned to execute the program which started with our signatures during the previous IDEF in 2015,” Demir said.
He pointed out that the prototype would be running during the Army Day military parade in Indonesia on Oct. 5.
“After the Indonesia army qualifies the vehicle, it will be ready for serial production. This prototype will serve the needs of the Indonesian army and the Turkish army,” he added.
Stressing the export opportunities, Demir noted there would be great potential for sale to other countries.
“I congratulate both companies in this program and would like to emphasize that we are ready for support serial production of this program with maximizing cooperation between countries,” he added.
Dr. Sutrimo Sumarlan, Director General of Defense Potential for Indonesia, said the three-year tank project was not only a success for Turkish and Indonesia companies but also for both friendly countries.
“Indonesia and Turkey believe that this medium weight tank would not be produced just for both countries. We can sell it to other countries, especially in the Middle East and Central Asia,” Sumarlan added.
Ready for testing Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has released details of a new Kaplan (Tiger) MT Modern Medium Weight Tank.
FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad unveiled the jointly developed medium weight tank, Kaplan MT, during the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul. The Kaplan MT brings a new breath to the battlefield with its accurate direct fire capability, a wide selection of ammunition ranging from close fire support to anti-tank ammunition, and superior tactical and strategic mobility.
The vehicle’s new generation engine, coupled with a fully automatic electronic controlled transmission, results in of 20 hp/ton ratio; depending on the configurable protection system.
KAPLAN MT owes its advanced mobility capability to it’s 6 wheeled anti-shock suspension system, built on torsion bars with double pinned tracks twhich provides optimum performance on both urban infrastructure and cross country. The vehicle is fully operable in a broad range of altitude and humidity, and tempratures. (-18°C/+55°C)
The vehicle’s power pack is equipped with capacity cooling pack and fuel tanks. The cooling pack is cooled by an intelligent software driven hydraulic fan for optimum torque extraction and fuel economy, and two separate fuel tanks provide a minimum operating range of 450km. An auxiliary power unit enables turret operation when vehicle engine is not running by charging battery system. Advanced battery monitoring system is also equipped for optimum power management and silent watch capabilities.
The vehicle’s firepower ts provided by a CMI Cockerill 3105 turret, integrated with a high-pressure 105mm Cockerill Gun and an advanced autoloader. Thanks to this turret, the Kaplan MT has high firepower power despite its relatively low weight.
♞ Ballistic Protection (Hull + Additional Armour)
♞ Mine protection (Underbelly Mine Protection)
♞ CBRN protection system
♞ Air conditioning system
♞ Automatic fire suppression system
♞ Smoke grenade launcher
New generation KAPLAN MT’s precision direct fire capability ensures sufficient lethality coupled with outstanding tactical and strategic mobility. The vehicle’s rear configuration power pack, heavy duty suspension system, double pin tracks and advanced electronic control systems each contribute to ensure freedom of action during expeditionary maneuver.