Erdogan's visit to Athens and the positive atmosphere that prevailed during the visit, combined with the "Declaration of Friendship and Good Neighbourhood" signed between Mitsotakis and the Turkish President, created a climate of euphoria in Greece, that a new era in Greek-Turkish relations is beginning.
The Turkish Armed Forces received their 300th indigenous anti-tank carrier
Yet while we are talking about peaceful resolution of disputes through diplomatic channels, the Turks continue their frenetic arms programs, with the Turkish Armed Forces taking delivery of their 300th indigenous anti-tank system, showing their true intentions.
Turkish media points out that the 300th Anti-Tank Vehicle Carrier Delivery Ceremony for the STA Project, executed by the Defense Industry Service (SSB), was held at the FNSS facility in Gölbaşı, with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of National Defense, the Turkish Armed Forces and the defense industry.
The ceremony was attended by the President of the Defence Industry Agency, Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN, Project Director Kerem KAPLAN who presented the PARS 4x4 and KAPLAN Weapon Carrier Vehicles, as well as Remote Controlled Anti-Tank Turrets, which were designed and manufactured domestically by FNSS as part of the STA Project.
The PARS 4x4 Armoured Fighting Vehicle
The PARS 4x4 is designed to undertake special operational roles such as advanced surveillance, anti-tank missions and as a command and control vehicle.
The PARS 4x4 has a power-to-weight ratio of 25 Hp/tonne, a low silhouette and amphibious capabilities. Τ
The vehicle with its crew of 4 can operate in deep and fast water without any preliminary preparation. Two propellers located at the rear provide improved propulsion and maneuverability of the vehicle in the water.
The PARS 4x4 can operate on any uneven terrain, "climb" on vertical gradients of 70% and side slopes of 40%. It can also easily overcome vertical obstacles of 0.4 metres in height.
The driver's cab has a transparent ballistic shielding that offers a wide field of vision for both driver and crew.
PARS 4x4 also provides the driver and commander with integrated night and day vision cameras that allow operations in the dark with or without the use of blackout lights. Command and warning panels and height-adjustable mine-protected seats have been developed specifically for the commander, driver, gunner.
KAPLAN anti-tank vehicle
Developed as part of the Anti-Tank Vehicles (ATV) project under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB).
The KAPLAN anti-tank vehicle is the smallest member of the FNSS's new generation KAPLAN family of armoured fighting vehicles.
The vehicle has an automatic transmission and the ability to operate in conjunction with main battle tanks and can perform a wide variety of missions by integrating different subsystems.
The vehicle also features mine and armour protection and offers high mobility in both cold and hot climates, on muddy and uneven terrain and asphalt, while its advanced suspension system is designed to minimise vehicle vibration and improve road grip.
As an amphibious vehicle, the KAPLAN ANTI-TANK stands out as one of the few vehicles in its class with this capability.
With two water propulsion systems located at the rear, the vehicle allows its users to perform operations even in deep and turbulent water.
The hatches and lids on the vehicle's hull are all fitted with watertight seals and the vehicle allows its users to enter the water without prior preparation.
The driver's position is at the front of the vehicle, while the gunner's and commander's positions are in the middle. The rear of the vehicle accommodates the assistant gunner and any additional personnel.
For its firepower, the KAPLAN ANTI-TANK is based on the ARTC, which was developed to have modern firing and command and control capabilities.
In addition to the ready-to-fire rockets, the turret is equipped with a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
Target Evros-Aegean Islands
From the above we "keep" that both PARS 4x4 and KAPLAN are anti-tank amphibious vehicles with very good capabilities.
Their delivery in large numbers to the Turkish Armed Forces (TDF) indicates their integration into formations and major formations in Eastern Thrace and the 4th Aegean Army, which significantly augments the threat against our tanks in Evros and the Aegean Islands.