Turkish Armed Forces begin to receive first production medium Tanks Kaplan. According to the portal janes.com, FNSS delivered the first six production vehicles to the Turkish army.
As explained in the Turkish Ministry of Defense, according to the official classification, this medium tank in the Turkish army will be considered a "tracked anti-tank vehicle." The first two pre-production tanks the Turkish military received in December last year, now it comes to production vehicles. Unfortunately, the Turkish military did not release information on the number of Kaplan medium tanks ordered.
The machine was developed as part of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) program by the Turkish FNSS Corporation in conjunction with the Indonesian company PT Pindad. The joint Turkish-Indonesian tank Kaplan MT is a development conducted primarily in the interests of the armed forces of Indonesia. The tank uses the new generation Kaplan tracked chassis developed by the Turkish FNSS corporation. The tower is the Belgian CMI Defense CT-CV with a 105 mm rifled Cockerill gun and a coaxial 7,62 mm machine gun. The gun is equipped with a drum-type automatic loader and is compatible with NATO standard 105-mm tank ammunition. The machine is equipped with a digital fire control system with stabilized sights (with integrated thermal imaging channel and a laser range finder), information management and navigation systems, as well as a system of all-round visibility.
Survival of the machine and crew is provided by laser radiation sensors, smoke grenade launchers, a system of protection against toxic substances of mass destruction, as well as an automated fire protection system.