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Eki 10, 2017, 12:54 ÖS
First public appearance for Kaplan MT Medium Tank Indonesia
06 October 2017
First public appearance for the Kaplan MT Medium Tank during a military parade in Indonesia for the National Armed Forces Day. Turkey and Indonesia initiated the project to develop Medium tank in 2014. The conceptual design of the Kaplan MT has been completed and reveals during Indo Defense 2016, International Tri-Service Defence Expo & Forum which was held in Indonesia from the 2 to 5 November 2016.
Kaplan MT Medium Tank during the military parade in Indonesia, October 5, 2017 (Source picture Daily Sabah)
The first prototype of the KAPLAN MT Medium Tank, designed and developed in Turkey by leading Indonesian armored vehicle manufacturer PT Pindad and the Turkish Company FNSS, was exported to Indonesia in September. The Kaplan MT was developed to response a request from the Indonesian armed forces for new medium tank.
The first prototype of the Kaplan MT Medium Tank was unveiled during IDEF, the Turkish defense exhibition in May 2017. The vehicle is under development by the Company FNSS from Turkey and Indonesian company PT Pindad.
The Kaplan MT is fitted with a Belgian CMI Cockerill® 3105 two-man turret armed with an high-pressure 105 mm Cockerill gun and an advanced autoloader. Thanks to this turret, the KAPLAN MT has high firepower power despite its relatively low weight.
The vehicle's power pack is equipped with capacity cooling pack and fuel tanks. The cooling pack is cooled by an intelligent software driven hydraulic fan for optimum torque extraction and fuel economy, and two separate fuel tanks provide a minimum operating range of 45 0km. An auxiliary power unit enables turret operation when vehicle engine is not running by charging battery system. Advanced battery monitoring system is also equipped for optimum power management and silent watch capabilities.
The Kaplan MT provides ballistic and mine protection Level 4 (STANAG 4569) firing of small arms 14.5 mm AP caliber on 360°, 155mm shell splinter at 30 m and mine explosion of 10 kg TNT under the track and the floor. It can be fitted with add-on armour to increase protection to Level 5 (STANAG 4569) protection against 25mm APDS-T (Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot - Tracer) ammunition.
Eki 10, 2017, 01:13 ÖS
Indonesia displays Kaplan MT medium-weight tank
Bilal Khan - Oct 9, 2017
The Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat - TNI-AD) officially displayed the Kaplan MT during a parade commemorating National Armed Forces Day 05 October in Cilegon, Banten Province.
The Kaplan MT was collaboratively developed by Indonesia's PT Pindad and FNSS Savunma Sistemleri from Turkey under the TNI-AD's Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) program. Development began in 2014, with the design work completed in November 2016 and first prototype delivered in September 2017.
"This project is the proof that we can produce high technology defense vehicles with our own efforts without being dependent on other countries," said Abraham Mose, Chairman of PT Pindad.
Based on FNSS' Kaplan chassis, the Kaplan MT is equipped with a CMI Cockerill 3105 turret armed with a Cockerill 105 mm main gun, autoloader and digital fire-control system. It also has a 7.62 coaxial machine gun, battlefield management system and laser warning system.
With a power-to-weight ratio of 20 hp/ton, the Kaplan MT has a road range of 450 km and can travel at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h. It can operate in conditions as cold as -18°C and has hot as over +55°C.
The Kaplan MT is being marketed as a support solution suitable for attacking light armoured vehicles along with flanking and ambush roles. Competing solutions include, among others, the NORINCO VT5 light tank.
The Kaplan MT joins a spate of high-profile Turkish armoured vehicles exports. FNSS, a joint-venture of Nurol Holding (51%) and BAE Systems (49%) is fulfilling an order to Oman for its PARS III 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV). FNSS' Turkish competitors Otokar and BMC are also supplying AFVs and light armoured vehicles, respectively, to markets in the Middle East, North Africa, Central and South Asia.
FNSS is also competing for the Turkish Army's launch contract of 250 Altay main battle tanks (MBT). The Altay was designed and developed by Otokar, but the Turkish government opted not to issue Otokar the Altay's production contract.
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