During a ceremony presided by the president of FNSS at IDEF 2015, in Istanbul, the KAPLAN-20 armored fighting vehicle has been for the first time unveiled to the public. KAPLAN-20 is a new generation armored fighting vehicle that has the ability to move together with main battle tank. 20 represents the total combat weight of the vehicle.
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-20 can reach a speed of 70 km/h. 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.
At IDEF 2015, KAPLAN-20 was fitted with a TEBER-30 turret. TEBER-30 is a medium caliber turret that can be deployed on wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. The TEBER-30 turret is a modular system that is offered in two configurations. The turret can be unmanned, remotely operated from inside the vehicle or manned by a conventional two men crew. The turret incorporates the latest technologies in turret drives, fire control, protection and lethality, as TEBER which in Turkish means “Battle Axe”.
The hull of KAPLAN-20 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.
Source: Army Recognition
|Power to Weight Ratio||25 Hp/ton|
|Crew||3+6, 3+8 (Incl. Gunner, Driver&Commander)|
|Width||3.15 m (Without Active Protection)|
|Height Overall||2 m|
|Electrical System||24 V|
|Steering System||Through Transmission|
|CBRN Protection System|
|CBRN Detection System|
|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|
|Stabilized Gunner Sight|
|Stabilized Electric Turret Drive|
|Max. Road Speed||70 km/s|
|Trench Crossing||2.6 m|
|Obstacle Climbing||0.70 m|
|Main Armament||RCT, 30 mm Automatic Cannon|
|Coaxial Armament||7.62 mm Machine Gun|
|360 Degrees Situational Awareness|
|See Throe Armor System|
|Wireless Crew Intercom System|
|Daylight-Responsive Interior Lighting Controls|
|Drivers Thermal Sights|
|Sniper Detection System|