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Tracked combat vehicle of the new generation KAPLAN-20 of the Turkish company FNSS

The company FNSS Defense Systems Inc has developed a new tracked armored combat vehicle of the new generation KAPLAN-20, which is designed to meet the tactical and technical requirements of the armed forces of Turkey and the allied countries.

The new KAPLAN-20 embodies many innovative ideas that were born from the experience gained in the design and manufacture of 3000 tracked armored vehicles, which are currently in service with many countries, 25-year service experience in the military and more than 200 to high-class specialists FNSS company.

KAPLAN-20, whose property rights are wholly owned by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri AS (Defense Systems Inc.), was first presented at the 12 International Exhibition IDEF 2015.

Tracked combat vehicle of the new generation KAPLAN-20 of the Turkish company FNSS

The machine has high levels of protection from mines, rocket-propelled grenades and artillery shells. In addition, modern electronic subsystems are integrated into the machine, a high-performance power unit, suspension and tracks for heavy loads are installed, which allows the installation of heavy systems on the machine, such as 105-mm guns.

The new-generation armored vehicle KAPLAN-20, having a specific power of 22-25 hp / t, can operate together with the main combat tanks.

KAPLAN-20 has a low silhouette, its tracked undercarriage with twin six track rollers allows you to develop good speeds in any weather, not only on asphalt and dirt roads, but also on soft, swampy and rocky soils. A modern suspension system, special design tracks are designed to reduce vibrations and increase driving stability. Embarkation and disembarkation of the car through the aft ramp with a hydraulic drive or a door cut into it. On the roof there is a wide hatch for the crew and another hatch specially designed to maximize the field of view of the driver. Maintenance and repair of the engine with an automatic transmission is carried out through the open roof MTO and hatches in the front bulkhead. For proper weight distribution of the vehicle, two fuel tanks are located in the stern, they are fully armored and isolated from the vehicle, which increases the safety of the crew and the landing.

KAPLAN-20 is one of the few machines that has amphibious characteristics. Thanks to two water cannons located in the stern of the machine, KAPLAN-20 can overcome watercourses with a strong current. In water, it can rotate in place or even move backwards. In addition, overcoming the water barrier does not require prior preparation.

The KAPLAN-20 body is made using armor steel welding technology. The hull is sealed, all hatches and covers are sealed to prevent water from entering. Ahead is the power unit and the driver's seat, in the middle part of the shooter and the commander of the machine. In the version of the armored personnel carrier can accommodate 8 paratroopers, in the version with the tower is located 6 paratroopers.

Survival enhancement systems include reduced thermal visibility, a warning system for laser radiation, a sniper fire detection system, a system for protecting against weapons of mass destruction, and a modern communication system is installed in the machine.

The machine is equipped with wide-field periscopes with optical filters of protection against laser radiation, it allows to increase the level of situational awareness. In all cases, standard night vision systems are installed.

Layout solutions implemented in the new machine can significantly expand the number of options designed for solving different tasks.

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  1. crazyrom
    crazyrom 28 September 2015 06: 48
    Looks good, but the fact that she "has a low silhouette" is at least an exaggeration. In the photo, there is such a chubby ball.
    1. DanSabaka
      DanSabaka 28 September 2015 07: 50
      and landing capacity is small, at the level of our BMD-4M .... only the BMDeshka has more powerful weapons at times ...
      1. mirag2
        mirag2 28 September 2015 11: 56
        The Turkish military-industrial complex "fired" a burst of light armored vehicles.
        A lot of recent developments have come up with them. And let me remind you how the Turks demanded to begin production of missile defense components on their territory.
        1. bazilio
          bazilio 28 September 2015 12: 22
          An interesting machine, although this article is difficult to judge, the article gives the impression of an advertising brochure
          1. Uncle VasyaSayapin
            Uncle VasyaSayapin 28 September 2015 17: 35
            Rubber tracks, polystyrene body? They decided to make the corps higher so that enemies from far away could see and scatter? Why is the chassis longer than the hull? Do not guess the length?
            ... she's a toy, for sure. On the remote control probably.
            1. alex-defensor
              alex-defensor 28 September 2015 19: 52
              Beautiful car. I want to see her at the training ground.
        2. SSeT
          SSeT 28 September 2015 22: 16
          It is a modern and interesting machine. interested in
    2. cosmos111
      cosmos111 28 September 2015 13: 16
      Quote: crazyrom
      , but the fact that she "has a low silhouette" is at least an exaggeration

      not a "low" silhouette, not even a trace ...

      the height of the machine reaches 2,6 - 2,75 m, on the roof of the body - about 2 - 2,1 m.
      weight: 24 tons ..
      armament: DBM with 30-mm AP "Teber"

      the case, with reduced radar and infrared visibility, is an armored capsule with overhead protective modules covered with a radio and heat-absorbing layer ...

      fighting compartment of BMP "Kaplan-20"

    3. Civil
      Civil 28 September 2015 19: 29
      For some reason, Fanny Kaplan remembered ... she also failed.
  2. -Barbarian-
    -Barbarian- 28 September 2015 06: 59
    The tilt angles of the armor look very good. Located at different levels. The Turks apparently did not bother with the front protection of the tracks from dirt. It would be interesting to launch it into our Mud at the training ground, so to speak, to put an experiment. Hehe .. lol .
    But the back, in my opinion, let us down. If they run away from the battlefield, then any projectile can easily damage the "nozzles" of the engine. The new tracks are apparently good for asphalt, but for the field, it seems to me rather weak.
    1. bazilio
      bazilio 28 September 2015 12: 25
      Quote: -Barbar-
      If they run away from the battlefield, then any projectile can easily damage the "nozzles" of the engine.

      Well, this is not a nozzle, it is a jet propulsion.

      Quote: -Barbar-
      The new tracks are apparently good for asphalt, but for the field, it seems to me, rather weak.

      their width is normal, and this is one of the key criteria for the tracks. the larger the contact area, the lower the specific pressure on the soil and more traction
  3. alex56
    alex56 28 September 2015 07: 03
    At first glance, it seems to be nothing at all. Although for the second, more intent, combat training of this apparatus is necessary. It will definitely dissolve all the points above the "and".

    However, for me there is already one undeniable plus - rubber tracks. They are lighter, which means they reduce the overall weight of the equipment. Of course, it’s not logical for all equipment to use them, but for the air transport the most))
  4. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 28 September 2015 07: 31
    Well done Turks, but how many Turkish parts are in this unit? BTR as a SuperJet assembled. If sanctions happen and there is no car!
  5. Vladimir.
    Vladimir. 28 September 2015 08: 51
    Good apparatus. Apparently, they wanted to weave Stealth technologies here, or they cut holes in the tower for smoke grenades for fun.
    In general, the windshield looks solid. From 20-30mm. must protect (Well, this is a requirement of any normal APC or light infantry fighting vehicle, otherwise what the whole thing is not necessary. Mobility and fluff, as practice shows, are not pulled out of the position of a crustacean in battle.)
    But, for a good assessment you need more information. But the prospects are good.
  6. Forest
    Forest 28 September 2015 10: 08
    Interestingly, from RPG protects DZ or what else? So, comparing with old samples, the Turks are rapidly evolving their BTT.
  7. Kastilio
    Kastilio 28 September 2015 16: 09
    open tracks front and rear scream like they say kill me and then finish me
    1. Victorio
      Victorio 28 September 2015 22: 36
      Quote: Kastilio
      open tracks front and rear scream like they say kill me and then finish me

      visually - at speed, over rough terrain (especially rocky), with such a weight load, the track parts will fly apart or become deformed
  8. 31rus
    31rus 28 September 2015 17: 48
    Struck in the article "can attack with tanks", and even swims back, and "stealth" technologies, advertising and only, no performance characteristics, and this is the main thing
  9. Olegmog
    Olegmog 28 September 2015 18: 00
    Question to the forum users, but they let us out
    rubber-metal harp for armored vehicles?
    1. cosmos111
      cosmos111 28 September 2015 18: 49
      Quote: Olegmog
      rubber-metal harp for armored vehicles?

      JSC "Rubtsovsk Machine-Building Plant"

      on the instructions of the Ministry of Defense of Russia on the "Ice ax" simultaneously with the unarmored version of the DT-4P. The payload class of the DT-4P is 4 tons, and the DT-3PB - 3 tons ... Regarding the unarmored version of the DT-4P, the web resource reports with reference to the information from RMZ that this vehicle has a mass in 10 tons. The first link weighs 7 tons, and the second - 3 tons. The actual payload is up to 4,5 tons ...
      The DT-4P conveyor can be equipped with three types of tracks: a belt with rubber-fabric elements, a track with a rubber-metal hinge, and a molded track with an open hinge. The average specific pressure is 0,14- 0,20 kg per sq. see Ground clearance - 400 mm. The YaMZ-238Б diesel engine develops 300 horsepower. The car can move along the highway with a maximum speed of more than 55 km / h. Reverse speed - up to 10 km / h. Speed ​​afloat - 6 km / h. Cruising range 500 km.

      DT-3PB installed a remotely controlled turret with a 12,7-mm Utes / Kord machine gun
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  10. wiwa
    wiwa 28 September 2015 21: 01
    the machine for the exhibition, not for the fight from the machine gun for goose and drive gear and the machine will stand
  11. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 29 September 2015 19: 43
    On BMP2,3,4 are rubber-metal.