FNSS’s New IFV – Kaplan

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.

KAPLAN-20_new_generation_of_armored_fighting_vehicle_showcased_for_the_first_time_by_FNSS_at_IDEF_640_002French made Metravib PILAR V Integrated Acoustic gunshot Detection System on the KAPLAN-20

Source: Army Recognition

Technical Specifications


Power to Weight Ratio 25 Hp/ton
Engine Diesel
Transmission Fully Automatic
Crew 3+6, 3+8 (Incl. Gunner, Driver&Commander)
Length 6.5 m
Width 3.15 m (Without Active Protection)
Height Overall 2 m
Electrical System 24 V
Suspension Torsion Bar
Steering System Through Transmission

Protection System

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 
 Thermal Channel
 Day Channel
 Fire Control
 Stabilized Gunner Sight 
 Thermal Channel
 Day Channel
 Fire Control
 Stabilized Electric Turret Drive 


Max. Road Speed 70 km/s
Swimming Amphibiously
Range 650+ km
Gradient %60
Side Slope %40
Trench Crossing 2.6 m
Obstacle Climbing 0.70 m


Main Armament RCT, 30 mm Automatic Cannon
Coaxial Armament 7.62 mm Machine Gun

Mission Equipment

360 Degrees Situational Awareness
See Throe Armor System
Wireless Crew Intercom System
Navigation System
Daylight-Responsive Interior Lighting Controls
Drivers Thermal Sights
Sniper Detection System

Source: FNSS



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