Turkey’s advanced FNSS Kaplan-10 vehicle, which was designed to hunt battle tanks and provide fire support to infantry, has been spotted in Syria.
On January 2, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense released a video showing two Kaplan-10 anti-tank vehicles in an unspecified location in Syria. The video was filmed to celebrate the beginning of 2021.
Developed by Turkey’s FNSS Defence Systems, the Kaplan-10 is armed with a remotely-controlled anti-tank missile system and a coaxial 7,68 mm machine gun.
The vehicle can launch Turkish-made Mizrak-O anti-tank guided missiles, which are guided by infrared homing, or Russian-made Kornet-E missiles, which are guided by laser-beam riding. The Mizrak-O has a range of 8 km, while the Kornet-E’s range is 5,5 km.
The Kaplan-10’s missile system relies on the advanced fire-control system equipped with thermal and TV cameras as well as a laser range-finder.
Turkey occupies vast parts of northern and northeastern Syria. Thousands of Turkish troops are also deployed in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Ankara stepped up its military presence in Syria in the last two years. Turkish officials claim that their troops presence in the war-torn country is temporary. However, they appear to be planning to stay there for the long term.
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