Turkish firm FNSS Savunma Sistemleri release unique footage of Zaha Marine Assault Vehicle’s anti-capsizing test for rough seas. Capsizing or keeling over occurs when a amphibious armoured vehicle is turned on its side or it is upside down in the water. The act of reversing a capsized vehicle is called righting. The Zaha Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) is able to move through off-shore waters to the beach, negotiating swells, waves and other conditions typical of the open seas. Ideally, it should also be stable in the water and self-righting should it be capsized by rough water. These characteristics are what differentiate it from armoured vehicles that can simply swim.
Designed to support dual operation based on their mission requirements, armored amphibious assault vehicles need to ensure superior capabilities both at sea and on land. The Zaha marine assault vehicle is equipped with a diesel engine power pack mounted on the forward hull. The engine drives a fully-automatic transmission system. In amphibious mode, the vehicle is propelled by two rear-mounted water jets. Unique hull design and powerful water jets make the MAV highly mobile in water with a speed of 7 knots, as well as on land, at 70 km/h maximum speed. During the beach landing phase, these vehicles are able to rapidly cover the distance between the vessel and shore, allowing marine units to land under armor protection with the minimum delay.
The Zaha marine assault vehicle (MAV) is a new amphibious armoured vehicle developed by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri. The vehicle is intended to assist the Turkish Naval Forces during amphibious operations. It facilitates the rapid movement of naval troops to mission locations and allows them to tackle enemy threats efficiently. When deployed on land, the Zaha marine assault vehicle will assume the duties of an armoured combat vehicle by offering enhanced ballistic and mine protection features to the forces. FNSS is responsible for the delivery of 27 vehicles to the Turkish Naval Forces Command under the agreement. It will deliver 23 armoured personnel carriers, two command and control vehicles, and two recovery vehicles.