Following the unveiling of the FNSS PARS 4×4 prototype platform, Shephard spoke with company CEO Nail Kurt about the vehicle.
The PARS 4X4 has been designed to undertake special operational roles such as advanced surveillance, antitank and command & control.
The PARS 4X4 has a power-to-weight ratio of 25 Hp/ton, a low silhouette and amphibious capabilities. The vehicle with its crew of 4 can operate in water that is deep and fast-flowing without any preliminary preparation. The vehicle’s enhanced maneuverability in the water is provided by two propellers located at the rear.
The PARS 4X4 can operate on any rough terrain with a low center of gravity, fully independent suspension system, ABS-assisted hydraulic disc brakes, low ground pressure and increased angles of approach and departure. The PARS 4X4 can climb vertical slopes of 70%, and can hold on horizontal slopes of 40%. It can also pass over 40 cm vertical obstacles with ease. Thanks to the hydraulic recovery winch, located at the front of the vehicle, it has the ability to provide self-recovery when required.
The mobility of the PARS 4X4 is enhanced by its central tire inflation system, and it also has a “Run Flat” capability thanks to its in-tire solid disc system. The PARS 4X4 has a maximum speed of 110 km/h on asphalt and a range of 700 km, as well as an automatic transmission with an axle lock for use on slippery surfaces and soft soil.
The windows are ballistically protected and designed to afford a wide field of view for both the driver and the crew. The PARS 4X4 also provides the driver and the commander with integrated night and day vision cameras that enable operations in night drives without head lights. The command and warning panels and the height-adjustable mine-protected seats have been specifically developed for the commander, driver, gunner and military personnel with their equipment.
The vehicle is especially noteworthy due to its load carrying capacity, its open architecture features and the way it was designed to accommodate the equipment that is used in the vehicle in order to carry out different missions and meet user requirements
The PARS 4X4 can be transported using any kind of military transport aircraft including the CH-47 Chinook heavy load helicopter.
In order to reduce operating costs, many parts have been designed to have the same life-expectancy as the vehicle. Thanks to its power pack, which can be dismantled and installed quickly on the field, the vehicle offers ease of maintenance and logistic support.