KAPLAN 20 NG-AFV
KAPLAN 20 NG-AFV architecture includes 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 enable the vehicle to carry heavy loads such as 35 mm gun systems.
KAPLAN 20 NG-AFV is a new generation armored fighting vehicle that has the ability to move together with main battle tanks, and has a 23 Hp/ton power-to-weight ratio, taking into account the weight of the communication system and the automatic transmission.
KAPLAN 20 NG-AFV 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 driver’s 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 20 NG-AFV 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 20 NG-AFV can perform in deep and fast flowing waters. 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 20 NG-AFV is manufactured and integrated using a ballistic welding technique. The hull and hatches are water resistant, and lids are water-proofed via seals. While the power pack cabin and the expanded driver area is located in the 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 provisions such as, reduced thermal signature, laser warning system and sniper detection and CBRN protection systems are also employed.
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 are standard in all variants.
Misson Specific Features
- Amphibious Operation Under Armor
- Mechanized / Armored infantry
- Special Operations