Turkish Armed Forces get upgraded armored fighting vehicles

By News Center

The Turkish Armed Forces will get armored fighting vehicles (ACVs) which have been almost completely rebuilt using Turkish defense industry skills and equipped with state-of-the-art technology, reports Yeni Shafak.

DAF turreted ACV vehicles in the inventory of the Land Forces Command will return to the barracks, equipped with modern weapon systems and high-tech mission equipment, as part of the modernization project of armored fighting vehicles .

FNSS Defense Systems Managing Director Nail Kurt said that a large number of vehicles that will significantly increase their striking power and survivability will be made available to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2022.

Commenting on the modernization project of armored fighting vehicles carried out under the coordination of the presidency of defense industries, Kurt said that the weapon systems of the vehicles, namely the striking power, have been renewed under the project. .

Kurt explained that the survivability of the vehicles would increase dramatically with the unmanned remote control turrets which replaced the DAF turrets. He added that in addition to the protection characteristics of the vehicles, their mine protection capabilities will also be improved.

Kurt pointed out that there will also be a renewal of fire extinguishing systems in vehicles.

He pointed out that vehicle mobility systems will benefit from considerable upgrading and renewal in addition to serious engine and gearbox maintenance. All obsolete components will be replaced, without exception, and vehicles will be fully reset.

“In addition, important components have undergone a major overhaul. Together with our users, we decide which components need to be changed. With more capabilities, a true life extension procedure is performed. It’s a really painstaking procedure. We can refer to this as a half-life assessment and rejuvenation,” Kurt pointed out.

Despite the fact that the vehicles had reached the end of their useful life, the user had maintained and used them properly and due to the integration of new technologies and new subsystems, the Turkish army would continue to use almost new vehicles, he added.

“Some changes were needed that we hadn’t anticipated before. There were changes, especially in the tower. After the completion of qualification testing, many deliveries will begin this year,” Kurt said.

The ACV prototype modernization process was initiated by ASELSAN in cooperation with FNSS at the end of 2019. The first phase of the project will include the modernization of 133 ACVs.

As part of the modernization, the Nefer unmanned turret with a 25 mm cannon, laser warning, short-range surveillance, driver’s vision, direction finding and navigation systems are integrated into the vehicles.

The solution package, which aims to increase the survivability of vehicles and equip them with modern technological subsystems, was prepared based on feedback received from users.

With this set of solutions, vehicle life is increased, vital subsystems are replaced, and household subsystems are integrated into them, giving ACVs the highest level of survivability possible.

At the end of the project, the Turkish Armed Forces will use vehicles that combine FNSS’s ACV expertise and skills in next-generation vehicle development technology with state-of-the-art weaponry and mission equipment.

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