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Pars APC

The FNSS Pars armored personnel carrier, fitted with externally mounted 12.7-mm machine gun

Pars 8x8
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 24.5 t
Length 7.96 m
Width 2.7 m
Height 2.17 m
Engine Deutz diesel
Engine power 530 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 5 - 6 km/h
Range over 1 500 km
Gradient 70%
Side slope 60%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2.4 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Pars (leopard) armored personnel carrier is a new design developed by Turkish FNSS company, teamed with the GPV of the United States. The Pars APC was first publicly revealed in 2005 with a 8x8 chassis configuration, however it is available in 4x4 to 10x10 configurations. This family of armored vehicles is aimed at a Turkish Land Forces Command requirement and the export customers, however no production orders were placed to date.

   The Pars has a modular design and can be fitted with various armament fits, including external and turret mounted armament. Vehicle can accommodate one- or two-men turrets.

   Armor of the Pars provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds. Add-on armor can be fitted if necessary. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved mine protection. It seems that the Pars mine explosions equivalent to 8 kg of TNT under any wheel and 6 kg under the hull.

   The 8x8 Pars has a crew of two and can carry up to 12 troops. Over 8 tones of cargo can be carried in place of the troops.

   This armored personnel carrier is powered by the Deutz diesel engine, developing 530 hp. Vehicles of the Pars family use the same automotive components. The FNSS claims that vehicle's unrefueled range is over 1 500 km. This APC has an active hydropneumatic suspension system. It enables to adjust ground clearance electronically or to lean vehicle in any direction. Ground clearance is adjusted depending on terrain conditions. The Pars is also fitted with a central tyre inflation system. Vehicle is fully amphibious without preparation. On water it is propelled by spinning its wheels, however hydrojets are optional. The Pars can be airlifted inside the C-17 or the future A400M transport aircraft.




   Samur amphibious rig. It is based on a modified Pars 8x8 chassis. This is bridging and ferrying system is used to carry tanks and other vehicles across water obstacles. This amphibious rig was ordered by the Turkish Army;

   AV8 armored personnel carrier. It is an updated and modified version of the Pars with more armor. It has been designed to meet Malaysian Army requirement. A total of 257 units in 12 versions were ordered by Malaysia and deliveries commenced in 2013.


Pars APC

Pars APC

Pars APC

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