The Turkish military continues its modernization, particularly of its land forces, but of particular note is its new-found reliance on homegrown solutions. Such is the case with the FNSS ACV-30, an armored combat vehicle currently (2017) under development for the Turkish Army. The track-and-wheel system is designed with a modular mission approach in which various modules can be fitted to the base vehicle to create a solution for a given battlefield need. As it stands, the ACV-30 has already been selected for the air defense role, both gun- and missile-based, which in turn have spawned the ACV-30 "Korkut" Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) and "HISAR" missile programs.
Currently the Turkish land forces rely on the Cold War-era American M42A1 "Duster" SPAAG vehicle series (detailed elsewhere on this site). The arrival of both the Korkut and HISAR systems is set to evolve Turkish air defenses considerably, be it local defense or war zone airspace denial. The Korkut vehicle fields 2 x 35mm Oerlikon KDC-02 series automatic cannons fed by an ammunition stock of 1,100 projectiles. Ranging is possible out to four kilometers. A radar-based vehicle is also in the works to operate in conjunction with the gun-based vehicle.
The HISAR variant becomes a more advanced self-propelled Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) offering and involves two sub-variants within the group - a low-altitude short-ranged system (HISAR-A) and a medium-altitude longer-ranged system (HISAR-O). The goal of this product is airspace denial with radar and missiles capable of tracking and defeating inbound aerial targets at range. The vehicle's capabilities are being jointly developed by Aselsan and Roketsan.
The base vehicle component (essentially fulfilling the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) role) of both forms is a 29.5 tonne armored system with an overall hull length of 23.2 feet, a width of 12.8 feet and a height of 7.2 feet. The crew numbers three personnel and armor protection is rated at STANAG 4569 Level 4. Power is from a diesel-fielded engine of 600 horsepower output with road speeds reaching 40 miles per hour and an operational range out to 310 miles. This allows the ACV-30 to keep up with the main mechanized fighting force and traverse uneven terrain and shallow bodies of water.
Deliveries of the vehicles are expected around the early 2020s.
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