Turkish defense company FNSS will provide and integrate stabilized one-man turrets into tracked armored vehicles in the Philippines. This will be a project under the Defense Industry Cooperation Agreement signed between Turkey and the Philippines governments. The turrets are slated to be integrated on the vehicles in October 2021, with training and logistics support services to be completed by December that year. The Philippine Armed Forces favored the one-man turrets of different caliber armaments over other products produced by global defense industry giants due to its cost-effectiveness and superior technical features.
Within the modernization program of the Philippine Army, the main goal of this project is to upgrade the firepower of existing tracked armored vehicles. In this scope, one-man turrets, which were previously produced and put into service in other countries, will be produced with a state-of-art fire control capability and sight systems (day / night). The turrets will be manufactured at FNSS facilities, will then be integrated into tracked armored vehicles by FNSS in the Philippines and delivered to the user. The acceptance tests will take place both in Turkey and the Philippines and the training for the turrets will be held in Philippines under the integrated logistics support services activities.
SABER is a medium caliber one man power operated turret that can be integrated on wheeled and tracked armored vehicles. SABER turret incorporates the latest technologies in turret drives, fire control, protection and lethality. Its compact dimensions and light weight makes SABER a suitable choice for different types of armored vehicles. The turret can be configured with three types of main armament based on user requirements: M242 25 mm dual-feed automatic cannon, 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) and a 12.7 mm machine gun. A 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun is also available with all these configurations. The turret drive system is electrical with two axis stabilization capability to ensure a high accuracy of fire on the move.