During the 13th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) in Istanbul, the Turkish company “FNSS Savunma Sistemleri” revealed a new medium tank (MT), KAPLAN.
The KAPLAN MT is jointly developed by FNSS Savunma Sistemleri and Indonesia’s PT Pindad under the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) program. The combat weight of the MT is about 35 t.
It’s exepcted that the Indonesian Armed Forces will be the main customer of the KAPLAN MT.
“This medium weight tank is a very effective solution to today’s asymmetric warfare conditions exposed which many armies are exposed to,” FNSS CEO Nail Kurt said at a news conference during the IDEF, according to the Daily Sabah daily.
The KAPLAN MT’s firepower is provided by a CMI Cockerill 3105 turret, integrated with a high-pressure 105 mm Cockerill gun and an advanced autoloader. The KAPLAN MT’s power pack is at the rear of the vehicle.
The power-to-weight ratio is about 20 HP/ton. The speed on the road is 70 km/h. The range is 450 km.