The PARS 4x4 ATV has been devised as a vehicle that offers both speed and high manoeuvrability under all terrain conditions, with sufficient firepower to destroy enemy tanks and other armoured units from a distance, and with the ability to engage second targets following a rapid change of position. Drawing upon its vast experience and innovative approach, FNSS has come up with a very special amphibious vehicle that is capable of meeting these challenging requirements simultaneously.
Most noteworthy among the PARS 4x4 ATV’s features is the positioning of its power pack at the rear of the vehicle. With the placement of cooling grate and exhaust on the upper body, this positioning allows the vehicle to go amphibious without prior preparation, thus granting it the best amphibious capabilities in its class and further allows the PARS 4x4 to manoeuvre at higher speeds. All these features, which can only be expected from a vehicle with a rear-positioned power pack, grants the PARS 4x4 with critical capabilities in moving away rapidly after launching an attack.
The outstanding capabilities of the PARS 4x4 ATV can be listed as follows:
- Mobility: The PARS 4x4 features an axle and steering system that is designed to give the vehicle a small turning radius, while the long suspension movement range enhances the vehicle’s performance over rough terrain. Although the PARS 4x4 is an amphibious vehicle, no concessions have been made in the vehicle’s ballistic or mine protection levels.
- Situational Awareness: The rear positioning of the power pack gives the driver a wide field of vision, while the integrated camera system provides the driver with full forward and rear situational awareness.
- Survivability: The PARS 4x4 has been designed with superior ballistic and mine protection, and uses special armour material that ensure weight optimisation. The rear positioning of the power pack also helps reduce the vehicle’s thermal signature.
- Weapon System: The PARS 4x4 is armed with an unmanned, remote-controlled anti-tank turret, also of FNSS design. In addition to ballistic protection, the turret also has two anti-tank missiles and a 7.62 mm machine gun. The turret recently performed its first firing test with the anti-tank missile, during which it successfully hit its target at maximum range.
Transmission: Fully Automatic
Crew Capacity: 4
Length: 5 m
Width: 2.6 m
Height (Hull): 2.1 m
Suspension System: Double Wishbone, Independent, Coil Springs
Braking System: Hydraulic and ABS with in All Wheels
- CBRN Protection System
- Air Conditioning System
- Automatic Fire Suppression System
- Blast and Leakage Protected Fuel Tanks
- Modular Armour
- Mine Blast-Resistant Seats
- Smoke Grenade Launchers
Maximum Road Speed: 110 km/h
Swimming Speed: 6.5 km/h
Maximum Road Range: 700+ km
Side Slope: 40%
Vertical Obstacle: 40 cm
Trench Crossing: 80 cm
Turning Radius: 7.5 m
Air Transportation: C-130, A400M, C-17, C-5
Turret: Remote Controlled Anti-Tank Turret (RCAT)
Main Armament: 2 Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm Machine Gun
Ready Rounds: 500
Weapon/Turret Drive System: Electric Drive with Two-Axis Stabilisation
Traverse Axis: 360°Continuous
Elevation Axis: -250 to +250
Deck Clearance: Automatic and Programmable
- Mid Wave or Long Wave Thermal Camera
- Day Camera
- Laser Range Finder with 10,000 m Range
Fire Control System:
- Fire Control Computer
- Automatic Super-Elevation and Lead Angle Computation
About the Anti-Tank Vehicles Project
Launched by the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and conducted with FNSS as the prime contractor, the Anti-Tank Vehicles (ATV) project covers the development, qualification and delivery of a total of 260 vehicles that include the tracked KAPLAN-ATV and wheeled PARS 4x4 ATV platforms.
The project contract was signed on June 27, 2016, and entered into effect on October 14, 2016.
As envisaged in the project plan, the detailed design of the vehicles was examined and approved by the SSM and Land Forces Command on the 15th month of the project schedule. In the classical project methodology, this milestone also corresponds to the start of production activities. In addition to the detailed design, FNSS also manufactured the first KAPLAN-ATV prototype, and presented the Remote Controlled Anti-Tank Turret (RCAT), which is at the heart of the vehicle’s primary striking power, to users in order to obtain feedback prior to commencing factory tests. The 15-month development period for the prototype is impressive in terms of its shortness when compared to recent similar projects, and could in fact be considered unprecedented.
The first prototype of the PARS ATV, which is the wheeled anti-tank system in the ATV project, began verification tests in May, and will soon commence qualification tests in line with the project schedule.
Serial production of both the tracked and wheeled vehicles in the ATV project is planned to be completed in 2021, with 260 vehicles expected to be delivered in total to the Turkish Land Forces Command.