Armed Forces Exhibition for Diversity of Requirements and Capabilities (AFED) kicked off in Riyadh on Sunday, under patronage of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and guidelines of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. During the exhibition, Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri armoured vehicle manufacturer has showcased its new generation of wheeled armored combat vehicle.
FNSS unveiled PARS III 8X8 wheeled armored combat vehicle developed with a special emphasis on mobility, protection, payload and growth potential.
According to the company, the PARS III are available in 4X4, 6X6 and 8X8 configurations. In an 8×8 variant, the vehicle has combat weight is 30,000 kg and is powered by a diesel engine. The powerpack consists of a water cooled diesel engine, coupled with a fully automatic transmission which generates a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h. PARS III 8X8 is capable of maneuvering on a 60% vertical and 30% horizontal gradient, climbing 70 cm-high obstacles and crossing 200 cm-wide trenches.
With a range of over 800+ km, the PARS III 8X8 has fuel tanks incorporating special measures to protect against explosion and puncture, and a reserve fuel tank under the armor can be called upon in emergencies. Clip on runflat system enables PARS III 8×8 to continue its mission during emergency cases.
The PARS III 8X8 hull can be brought up to the level of protection required by the user thanks to the modular design armor system. The hull form, underbelly structure, base plates and specially developed mine-resistant seats are designed to protect personnel against high-level mine threats. PARS III 8×8 has the protection level of mine-resistant vehicles produced for personnel transport as well while differentiating itself through the provision of superior capabilities expected of a modern armored combat vehicle.
FNSS also revealed on 12 July 2017 that Oman had ordered 172 8×8 Pars III armoured vehicles.