Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri had delivered the first batch of Pars III 8×8 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) to Oman, the company had announced.
Oman had earlier ordered 172 8×8 Pars III vehicles from FNSS. The announcement included photographs of a Pars III infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) painted in the camouflage used by the Omani military, but revealed no further details about the vehicles or the delivery schedule.
The Pars variant received by Oman is equipped with a FNSS Saber turret armed with a stabilised 25 mm ATK Bushmaster dual-feed cannon and 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun integrated with a 8 km range laser rangefinder and fire control system.
About FNSS Pars 8×8:
FNSS Pars (Turkish for Anatolian Leopard) is an amphibious Armoured combat vehicle family with 6×6 and 8×8 configurations, produced by FNSS Defence Systems of Turkey. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş is a joint-venture between Nurol Holding (51%) and BAE Systems (49%).
The vehicle, weighing around 30 tonnes, has a crew of three with the commander sitting next to the driver at the front of the hull. It can also ferry 9 passengers. The powerpack consists of a water cooled diesel engine, coupled with a fully automatic transmission which propels the vehicle to a maximum speed of 100 km/h and range of over 800 km.
According to FNSS, the Pars III 8×8’s “hull form, underbelly structure, base plates and … seats are designed to protect personnel against high-level mine threats.”
The PARS III 8X8 has an all-axle steering system which gives the vehicle the lowest turning radius of 8 m.
The vehicle has an integrated air-conditioning system, and the main difference of this system that makes it stand out from its counterparts is that even in desert conditions, the vehicle’s internal temperature can be kept at +25 °C.
The Pars is also air transported by Airbus A400 Atlas, Boeing C-17 Globemaster III or Lockheed C-5 Galaxy.
The Pars III was primarily designed for the export market. The launch customer was Malaysia, which has 247 AFVs in 12 different configurations on order which is produced locally by DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech). This variant is called as DefTech AV8.