Ankara, Turkey – The Weapons Carrier Vehicles (STA) project was signed between the Directorate of Defense Industries and FNSS on 27 June 2016 to meet the needs of the Land Forces Command.

KAPLAN STA and PARS 4×4 STA successfully passed mobility, environmental conditions, EMI/EMC, mine and ballistic protection, and amphibious capability tests. Within the scope of qualification tests, KAPLAN STA 10,000 km endurance driving test and Cornet Tower qualifications were successfully performed. The PARS 4×4 STA successfully exits the 20,000 km endurance driving test, while OMTAS Tower qualifications are completed at the end of December 2019.

The support of FNSS solution partners is significant within the scope of the STA project, FNSS has combined its capabilities with Nurol Makine and developed a very different vehicle, the PARS 4×4 STA. Aselsan developed a high-performance electro-optical sight system, while Roketsan developed the OMTAS Task Unit for the preparation and firing of OMTAS missiles on the tower. SDT has developed platform and decoy interface units that will provide the operator interface with the tower in vehicles.

As part of the Weapons Carrier Vehicles project, a total of 260 Weapons Carrier Vehicles, 184 tracked vehicles, 76 wheeled vehicles, and 64 Cornet-E weapons Towers and 196 OMTAS weapons Towers will be developed, tested and verified, produced and delivered to our Armed Forces by 2022.

Features of Kaplan STA:

The KAPLAN STA, developed within the scope of the Weapons Carrier Vehicles (STA) project carried out by the Directorate of Defense Industries, is the newest member of the FNSS’S KAPLAN new generation armored combat vehicle family. With an automatic transmission and the ability to move in common with main battle tanks, the vehicle can perform a wide range of tasks by integrating different subsystems. With mine and armor protection, the vehicle offers high mobility in different geographical conditions thanks to its low-weight hull structure and 5 road wheels. Capable of high-speed movement in cold and hot climates, muddy and rough terrain, asphalt or stabilized roads, the vehicle’s advanced suspension track system has been designed to reduce vehicle vibration and increase road grip.

An amphibious vehicle, the KAPLAN STA stands out for being one of the few vehicles in its class with this capability. Thanks to the water propulsion system located at the rear, the vehicle makes it possible for its user to operate unprepared in deep and flowing waters.. The body of KAPLAN STA is manufactured from ballistic materials combined with ballistic welding technique. The power group cab and the extended driver’s compartment are located at the front, and the shooter and Commander quarters of the vehicle are located in the middle.

In the rear part of the car, there is a deputy shooter and an additional personnel section. The striking power of KAPLAN STA is the remote-command anti-tank tower developed by FNSS, which also has modern shooting and command-and-control capabilities. The most distinctive feature of the tower compared to all other similar systems is that it can use two different guided anti-tank missiles. Conversion from Cornet configuration to OMTAS configuration; State-owned material (DEMAM) meets all the requirements for the use of Cornet and OMTAS launch equipment in the towers, as well as housing a 7.62 mm machine gun.

Features of PARS 4×4 STA:

PARS 4X4; the 25 hp/ton vehicle has a low silhouette and amphibious characteristics. The vehicle, which has a crew of 4 people, can operate in deep and flowing water without requiring any preliminary preparation. Increased maneuverability of the vehicle in the water is provided by two propellers/mackerel positioned behind it.

With its near-ground center of gravity, fully independent suspension system, hydraulic disc brakes with ABS support, low ground pressure, increased approach and distance angles, reduced breakage angle, it can move in all kinds of difficult terrain. 70% steep slope can climb , 40% side slope can hold pars 4X4, 40 cm steep obstacles can also easily pass. Thanks to the hydraulic rescue crane located in front of the vehicle, it has the ability to save itself in case of need.

The mobility of the PARS 4×4 is enhanced by the central tire inflation system, and it also has the “Run Flat” feature thanks to the solid disc system in the tire. The PARS 4X4 has a top speed of 110 km/h and a range of 700 km. The Pars 4X4 has an automatic transmission with an axle lock on loose and slippery ground.

Designed in accordance with ballistic requirements, ballistic protected glasses also provide a very wide viewing angle to the driver and all personnel in the vehicle. The PARS 4X4 provides ease of use to the driver and Commander even in dark environments thanks to its integrated Day and night cameras. Specially developed for driver, commander and marksman, control and warning panels and height-adjustable mine protection seats are designed according to the needs of military personnel of different sizes and equipment.

The body of the vehicle, which is protected against mines and handmade explosives, is made of ballistic material. Designed taking into account the use or transportation of equipment for different tasks and user needs in the vehicle, the vehicle also draws attention with its load-bearing capacity and open architectural features.

The firepower of the PARS 4×4 Sta is again the remote-command anti-tank tower developed by the FNSS. The most distinctive feature of the tower compared to all other similar systems is that its configurations, which can fire two different guided anti-tank rockets, such as the cornet and OMTAS, are available.