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2024-04-03

PARS ALPHA Armoured Fighting Vehicle: Engineered for Domination

The FNSS PARS ALPHA 8x8 is a next-generation armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) designed for superior battlefield performance across all mission types. Featuring a modular design and advanced technologies, it promises exceptional mobility, survivability, and lethality to address the evolving needs of modern warfare. 

 
The vehicle conquers any terrain with its advanced mobility system. The 8x8 drivetrain with independent all-wheel drive delivers superior traction in all weather conditions. The all-axle steering enhances manoeuvrability, allowing for tight turns in urban environments. The hydro-pneumatic suspension with adjustable ride height tackles challenging obstacles with ease, including 40 per cent side slopes, 70 per cent gradients, 2.4-metre trenches, and 0.8-metre vertical walls.
 
In the words of Nail Kurt, CEO of FNSS, the PARS ALPHA 8x8 is the embodiment of FNSS’s dedication to pioneering a future where the troops on the ground can secure a technological edge on the battlefield of both the present day and tomorrow. “The vehicle represents a leap forward in armoured vehicle technology. Our commitment to innovation and understanding of the modern combat environment has culminated in a platform that delivers unmatched tactical flexibility and combat performance. It is designed to empower armies around the world with superior armoured combat capabilities” 
 
Speed Capability
It is poised to become the preferred vehicle for rapid deployment forces worldwide, boasting an impressive capability to achieve speeds exceeding 115 km per hour on the road. This feat is made possible by its powerful powerpack and state-of-the-art suspension system, which not only facilitates high-speed travel but also allows for the lowering of the vehicle’s height, ensuring optimal road stability.
 
Its robust design ensures sustained mobility even in the event of tyre and/or wheel loss, safeguarding mission continuity and effectiveness in challenging environments. With an exceptional operational range surpassing 800 km, it stands out by enabling extensive deployment without the need for frequent refuelling stops, thereby enhancing operational efficiency and flexibility for military forces worldwide.
 
The vehicle also offers superior performance and reliability with its extended operational endurance, covering an impressive 5000 km of cross-country and on road drive, without any need for field maintenance. Its reduced logistics burden, increased mean time between failures (MTBF) and enhanced mission readiness, elevates combat manoeuvres with a vehicle that goes beyond expectations. 
 
High Level of Survivability 
This next-generation vehicle introduces revolutionary protection systems, setting a new standard for defence against various threats including mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), kinetic energy (KE) projectiles, and artillery rounds. Employing mine blast attenuation seats and strategically positioning the driver and commander above the second axle behind the power pack compartment, the vehicle ensures unparalleled crew safety against a wide spectrum of threats from all directions.
 
This design philosophy offers exceptional KE ballistic protection, particularly at the vehicle’s frontal arc, enhancing survivability in combat scenarios.
Complementing these features, it is equipped with a hydro-pneumatic suspension system featuring adjustable ride height control, enabling it to achieve a ground clearance of over 60cm on demand. This capability further enhances protection against IEDs, fortifying the vehicle’s resilience in hazardous environments.
 
A gunshot detection system, laser warning, soft-kill and hard-kill active protection systems can also be integrated based on user requirements. 
 
The PARS ALPHA goes above and beyond in safeguarding its crew by integrating advanced CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) defence measures. Among these features, the vehicle incorporates positive pressure and face mask systems, effectively creating a sealed environment within its confines. This crucial design element acts as a barrier against toxic contaminants, ensuring that crew members can not only survive but also maintain optimal combat efficiency even in the face of hazardous and potentially lethal external environments. 
 
By providing a safe and secure environment within the vehicle, the vehicle enables its crew to operate with confidence and focus on mission objectives, undeterred by the threat of CBRN hazards. This enhances the vehicle’s effectiveness in a wide range of operational scenarios.
 
Its adaptable structural design and vehicle silhouette enables best in class lower-profile while maintaining an extensive internal volume with open architecture. These features ensure the crew and dismounts remain fortified against external threats. 
 
Integrated Weaponry
The latest iteration of the PARS ALPHA 8x8 boasts advanced weapon integration. 
PARS ALPHA 8x8’s TEBER-II 30/40 remote-controlled turret (RCT) is fitted with 30mm dual feed automatic cannon. The 30mm cannon can be replaced with a 40mm barrel, by only changing the recoil spring and forward feeder. This convertible weapon of choice enables the user to upgrade its firepower with minimum effort, when and wherever required. A 7.62mm chain gun or MAG machine gun can be coaxially mounted aligned with the main gun. 
 
The TEBER-II 30/40 RCT is not only adept at utilising its own arsenal but also seamlessly integrates with a variety of modern anti-armour systems, including Semi-automatic command to line of sight (SACLOS) and Automatic command to line of sight (ACLOS) guided missile types. Equipped with two ready-to-fire ATGMs (Anti-Tank Guided Missiles), complemented by an onboard fire control system, this platform offers enhanced versatility in engaging diverse threats. 
 
With an effective range extending beyond four kilometres, the TEBER-II 30/40 RCT enables precise and effective engagements against a wide range of targets. This capability empowers the vehicle to adapt to dynamic battlefield scenarios and effectively neutralise threats with accuracy and efficiency.
 
High Elevation
A high elevation and low depression 7.62 or 5.56mm independent overhead remote-controlled weapon system (ORCWS) is situated on top of the turret. Its high elevation is used against threats on high grounds on urban environment (building, roofs, etc.) as well as encountering drones approaching from top angles. ORCWS is also used as the commander’s independent sight for hunter killer capabilities. 
 
Both the turret and RCWS is designed to engage multiple targets simultaneously from all directions. TEBER-II 30/40 RCT offers target tracking and two-axis stabilisation that allows firing on the move. 
 
In addition to the TEBER-II 30/40 RCT, the vehicle offers extensive adaptability with the option to integrate a wide array of manned or remote-control turrets, accommodating weaponry ranging up to 120mm direct/indirect guns or weapon systems.

It can be equipped with 120mm mortars, air defence systems, and anti-armour systems, enhancing its combat capabilities. This allows commanders to tailor the vehicle’s armament to suit specific mission requirements, whether engaging armoured vehicles, providing fire support, or defending against aerial threats. 
 
Common Design Approach
Since the late Cold War era, 6x6 and 8x8 wheeled armoured combat vehicles have followed a common design approach. In this traditional design, the driver is isolated at the very front of the vehicle, adjacent to the engine compartment, while the commander is situated behind the driver. Both occupants typically experience a narrow field of view while driving with hatch down position. 
 
The vehicle introduces a revolutionary structural design by strategically placing the crew and dismounts behind the power pack compartment. Thanks to its compact powerpack design, the commander and driver can now sit side-by-side, facilitating enhanced collaboration and communication between them.

This innovative layout approach provides both occupants with over 180° real-time optical situational awareness, significantly enhancing their ability to assess and respond to threats effectively.
 
It enhances crew safety during long distance drives without opening top hatches at hostile territories. It also ensures eye contact and improved coordination between the vehicle crew and the dismounts. 
 
In addition to its unique optical field of view, the vehicle is equipped with displays and integrated 360-degree situational awareness cameras that provide both day and night vision for crew and dismounts. 
 
Aerial Deployment Edge
It is compliant to modern military logistics as being transportable on highways, railways and compatible with a fleet of strategic airlifters such as the A400M, C-17 Globemaster, C-5 Galaxy, An-124 and Il-76. With this level of airlift compatibility, the PARS ALPHA is always at the vanguard, ready to establish dominance wherever the mission dictates. 
 
In its 35th year, FNSS continues to fulfil the needs of its users with forward-thinking solutions.  
 
Unified Vehicle Solutions
The FNSS PARS Family of Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles is engineered to meet the diverse tactical and operational requirements of military units and law enforcement forces. These vehicles offer resourcefulness, designed to operate in most challenging missions and environments. Since the early 2000s, the PARS vehicle family has continuously evolved, receiving ongoing enhancements to address emerging threats and shifting security imperatives. 
 
FNSS has emerged as a leading provider in the realm of wheeled armoured vehicles, having clinched all contracts for the 6x6 and 8x8 variants within Turkey. Over time, the PARS 8x8 and 6x6 models have risen to prominence as the preferred choice for various branches of the Turkish Armed Forces, including the Turkish Army, Special Forces, and the Gendarmerie. 
 
This domestic success story has been further underscored by FNSS’s triumphs on the international stage, with the PARS Family of Vehicles securing notable export contracts. Among these achievements are agreements with the Malaysian Army for the 8x8 variant and with the Royal Army of Oman for both the PARS III 8x8 and 6x6 configurations.
 

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