Mass production begins for new armored vehicles of the Turkish Armed Forces and Gendarmerie

The Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicle Project (ÖMTTZ) contract to meet the armored land vehicle needs of the security forces was signed within the scope of the 14th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF’19). FNSS, which was assigned for the production of the vehicles, has done intensive work in the past time and came to an end in the design of the vehicles. With an intensive production process, 100 vehicles will be available to the security forces in a short time.

FNSS ÖMTTZ Program Manager Can Kurt told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the company has developed a special vehicle called Pars Scout with its own resources, and this work has been crowned with the ÖMTTZ Project.

Reminding that the project contract was signed between FNSS and the Presidential Defense Industry Presidency (SSB), Kurt stated that 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles in 5 different configurations will be produced for the Land Forces and Gendarmerie General Command. Kurt said, “In the first stage, we will make a production of 100 units. 4 of these will be delivered to the Command, radar, sensor and KBRN reconnaissance vehicles to the Land Forces Command, and armored combat vehicles to the General Command of the Gendarmerie.” said.

“It will attract a lot of attention abroad as well”

Kurt, who also gave information about the operation of the project, said:

“Within the scope of domestic development projects, we call the first period the design and adaptation period. During this period, we hold a series of meetings with the procurement authority and our Land Forces. Here, with the clarification of the needs and the correct understanding of the force’s needs and the approval of the design solutions of FNSS, the first vehicle production and qualification period. In the project, we worked closely with the customers in the remaining process in this context. At the stage we have reached, we will continue with a process such as the production and qualification of the vehicles with their approval. “

Emphasizing that they think Pars Scout vehicles will attract a lot of attention abroad, Kurt said, “After the qualifications are completed within the scope of the project, it is foreseen to produce and deliver 100 vehicles in approximately 1 year, within a very short period of time. Total project schedule is 36 months. We are passing by, and then we start mass production. The vehicles will be used by the security forces in 2022. ” used the expressions.

“We are getting better every day”

FNSS R&D Project Leader Cihan Büyükbayram stated that new sub-systems are being added to the local subsystems every day, depending on the overall development of the defense industry with its main and subcontractors.

In this context, Büyükbayram pointed out that both foreign dependency decreased and the competitiveness abroad increased, “This is undoubtedly a result of the vision and strategy put forward by SSB. As a result of the guidance and experience of the main contractors and the labor of subcontractors, domestic sub-systems are being developed and “We’re going to a better point the other day,” he said.

Büyükbayram, drawing attention to the localization rate in the new vehicles of the security forces, said, “We can proudly say that the localization rate in our Pars Scout vehicle is the highest among the land vehicles ever. This is not something that can happen in a short time. We also carry out R&D projects with our subcontractors. As a result, local sub-systems emerge and we use them in our products in our vehicles. ” said.

“They will gain extra capabilities to the TSK”

Stating that serious requirements are needed in order to fulfill difficult conditions and tasks in vehicles, Büyükbayram said:

“Power transmission organs that can meet these requirements, hydropneumatic suspension are developed with domestic capabilities, ready for the project. We also care about the domestic engine. It is a very important item for the Turkish defense industry. In 2021, the domestic engine qualification process will be completed and integrated and used in the Pars Scout vehicle. Pars Scout will be the first domestic 6×6 and 8×8 vehicles to be included in the inventory of our Land Forces. Vehicles with high mobility in the field and high speeds on the road, which can provide extra capabilities to the Turkish Armed Forces. they will be able to. “