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ACV-20 KAPLAN Armored Fighting Vehicle

ACV 20 Armored Combat VehicleKAPLAN ["Kaplan" is Turkic for Tiger] is a new generation armored fighting vehicle that has the ability to move together with main battle tanks, has a 22-25 Hp/ton power-to-weight ratio, which takes into account the weight of the communication system and the automatic transmission. The Kaplan 20 is the worlds newest third-generation IFV. During the IDEF 2015 arms show, the selection of APCs from Turkish manufacturers had a new addition. The Kaplan 20 from FNSS was unveiled in the main exhibition space before an audience of guests. The vehicle architecture contains protection systems against mines, rocket propelled grenades and kinetic energy threats. In addition up to date electronic subsystems are also integrated together with high performance power pack, heavy duty suspension and tracks which enables the vehicle to carry heavy loads such as 105 mm gun systems.

KAPLAN has a low silhouette, and with its twin 6 road wheeled tracks, has the ability operate in hot/cold weather conditions at high speed not only on asphalt and stabilized highways, but also in soft soil, muddy and rough terrains. The advanced suspension system, tracks has been designed to reduce vibration and increase road holding. Access to the vehicle is gained through a personnel door on the ramp or the hydraulic ramp located at the rear of the vehicle. On the top, there is a wide hatch for personnel and another hatch that has been specifically designed to maximize the drivers field of view. The maintenance and repair of the power pack are performed via the cabin access hatch and hatches that are at the front of the vehicle. The two fuel tanks are located at the rear for balance and are fully-armored and isolated from the vehicle to ensure the security of personnel.

KAPLAN is one of the very few vehicles that have amphibious characteristics. Thanks to the two water propulsion systems located at the rear of the vehicle, KAPLAN can perform in deep and water current rate. It can perform pivot turns in the water and even move backwards. In addition to this, it allows the driver to enter the water without any preparation.

The hull of KAPLAN is manufactured and integrated using a ballistic welding technique. The hull is water resistant together with the hatches and lids are water-proofed via seals. While the power pack cabin and the expanded driver area are located in front of the vehicle, the gunner and the commander areas are located in the middle of the vehicle. The personnel carrier version can carry 8 troops in the rear, and the turreted version can carry 6 dismounts.

Survivability systems such as, reduced thermal signature, laser warning system and sniper detection and CBRN protection systems are also applied the vehicle. There are also laser-protected glass periscopes that allows the driver to see outside with wide angle of view which provides, high situational awareness. Integrated night vision systems is standard in all variants. The vehicles structural design enables to improve complete family of vehicles consist of different variants.

Main ArmamentRCT, 30 mm Automatic Cannon
Coaxial Armament7.62 mm Machine Gun
Crew3+6, 3+8 (Incl. Gunner, Driver&Commander)
Length6.5 m
Width3.15 m (Without Active Protection)
Height Overall2 m
TransmissionFully Automatic
Electrical System24 V
SuspensionTorsion Bar
Steering SystemThrough Transmission
Power to Weight Ratio25 Hp/ton
Max. Road Speed70 km/s
Range650+ km
Side Slope%40
Trench Crossing2.6 m
Obstacle Climbing0.70 m
Mission Equipment
  • 360 Degrees Situational Awareness
  • See Through Armor System
  • Wireless Crew Intercom System
  • Navigation System
  • APU
  • Daylight-Responsive Interior Lighting Controls
  • Drivers Thermal Sights
  • Sniper Detection System
  • BMS
  • IFF
  • Protection System
  • CBRN Protection System
  • CBRN Detection System
  • A/C
  • Automatic Fire Extinguishing System
  • Reduced Thermal Signature
  • Blast and Leakage Protected Fuel Cells
  • Advanced Modular Armor Protection
  • Active Protection System
  • Mine Blast Protected Seats
  • Smoke Grenade Dischargers
  • Fire Control System
  • Independent Panoramic Commander Sight
  • Thermal Channel
  • Day Channel
  • LRF
  • Fire Control
  • Stabilized Gunner Sight
  • Thermal Channel
  • Day Channel
  • LRF
  • Fire Control
  • Stabilized Electric Turret Drive

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