OTTER and AACE Engineering Vehicles

FNSS Engineering Vehicles

OTTER Rapid Deployable Amphibious Wet Gap Crossing System is an amphibious bridge and ferry system designed for rapid and safe wide wet gap crossing operations.

With its diesel engine, automatic transmission, pneumatic suspension and hydraulic brake system, the OTTER can climb up to 60% gradient and move on 30% side slopes. The features of the OTTER when compared with the similar systems are; 8×8 drive system with all wheel steering, 4ea ramp carrying capacity, ballistic protected crew cabin and positive pressure NBC protection system. The vehicle also has  front and rear cameras to enhance situational awareness and adjustable ride height control suspension system which provides a better maneuverability in cross country.

A single OTTER system in the ferry role can transport a MLC 21 tracked vehicle. MLC 85 T vehicles can be transported by combining 2 OTTER systems from their pontoons. MLC 120 W vehicles can be transported on rivers and lakes by coupling three OTTERs.

A 150 m bridge that enables MLC 120 W and MLC 85 T vehicles to cross rivers can be formed by combining 12 OTTERs.

For specific missions numerous OTTERs can be coupled together to cross wider distances.

OTTERsystem is also fitted with a self-recovery winch, automatic fire suppression system, emergency anchor and easy fault detection with CAN-BUS system.

AACE Armored Amphibious Combat Earthmover is an amphibious, armored, tracked, combat earthmover; designed for the preparation of river banks during river crossing missions. It is capable of performing bulldozing, rough grading, excavating, hauling, and scraping operations. As compared to standard heavy-duty vehicles; AACE has the capability to take in ballast from the soil ground to its ballast canister, when necessary the vehicle is also capable of discharging its ballast canister at the end of the operation.

In AACE the dozer blade is fixed to the vehicle. With its adjustable hydraulic suspension system, the front section of AACE can be shifted in the vertical axis. This capability enables the blade or ballast canister to make contact with the soil, and penetrate it. As a result, shoveling and plowing can be performed more efficiently and also while the vehicle is on the move.

One of the most important and unique features of AACE is its amphibious capability. It can be operated with a crew of 2. In addition, AACE is fitted with modern electronic systems such as day and night cameras, multi-function LCD monitor and air-condition system.

To provide the amphibious capability, together with the mine and ballistic protection requirements; AACE hull structure is made of ballistic aluminum.

AACE’s power pack consists of fully automatic transmission, coupled with a diesel engine. AACE is capable to speed up to 45km/h on land. It can travel safely in river streams against current speeds up to 1.5 m/ sec with 360° high-maneuverability through its two water jets, placed at the rear section on both sides of the vehicle.

Today the AACE is used by the Turkish Land Forces in various missions and have become combat proven in certain operations.

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