FNSS has developed the PARS III 8×8 engineering vehicle for the Royal Army of Oman, with plans to deliver it after completing qualification tests within the first half of this year.
The armoured vehicle has been developed by FNSS as its first 8×8 engineering vehicle and clears surface laid mines and threats found within the path of the full width of the vehicle.
By clearing roads, tracks and rough terrain, the vehicle produces a clear route for the infantry and follow-on vehicles.
The PARS III 8×8 Engineering Vehicle has equipment and hardware mounted and dismounted from its chassis and is capable of fulfilling a range of missions.
It can execute various missions in a bid to enhance the mobility and operational capabilities of friendly forces and units.
The vehicle is capable of removing obstacles or barriers, clearing paths, and maintaining roads used in combat. It clears paths through minefields to ensure the continued movement of friendly units.
FNSS CEO and general manager Nail Kurt said: “These vehicles require extensive engineering work beforehand, and you need to analyse in advance the different scenarios of use of the vehicle, down to the finest details.
“In the PARS III 8×8 engineering vehicle, we went a step further in these challenges and came up with a design that allows different equipment and hardware to be readily mounted and dismounted.”
Under a contract signed with the Royal Army of Oman, FNSS will be responsible for the design, development, production and delivery of a total of 172 vehicles in 13 different configurations.
Additionally, the company will provide integrated logistics support (ILS) services throughout the guarantee period.
FNSS will deliver 145 of PARS III 8×8 vehicles in eight different configurations and the remaining 27 PARS III 6×6 vehicles in five different configurations.
The total number of PARS III 8×8 engineering vehicles will be six.