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6 October 2021

Pars IV 8×8 New Generation Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (NG-WAV), Turkey

The PARS IV 8×8 NG-WAV is an all-weather combat vehicle designed to meet the future requirements of armies worldwide.
The Pars IV 8×8 NG-WAV was designed and developed by FNSS primarily for Turkish armed forces and allied armies worldwide. Credit: FNSS.
The Pars IV 8×8 NG-WAV can be armed with customer-specific turrets or remote weapon stations. Credit: FNSS.
The Pars IV 8×8 NG-WAV was first exhibited at the IDEF 2021. Credit: FNSS.

The PARS IV 8×8 New Generation Wheeled Armoured Vehicle (NG-WAV) is intended to address the needs of present and future hybrid warfare. It can neutralise both symmetric and asymmetric threats during day and night in all-weather conditions.

Developed by Turkish defence manufacturer FNSS, the PARS IV NG-WAV is an upgraded version of the PARS 8×8 wheeled armoured vehicle.

PARS IV 8×8 NG-WAV development

The PARS family of vehicles has been in service with the Turkish armed forces since 2000. The vehicles subsequently went through upgrades based on the changing needs of the armed forces and warfare.

FNSS commenced design studies of the PARS IV NG-WAV in 2019 to meet the future requirements of the Turkish land forces. The vehicle was developed under the New Generation Vehicles Project initiated by the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries.

It was indigenously manufactured by FNSS and was first exhibited at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) 2021 held at the Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Centre in Istanbul, in August 2021.

The self-protection and mobility characteristics of the PARS IV 8×8 NG-WAV will be evaluated by the Presidency of Defence industries and the Turkish land forces before the start of its serial production.

PARS IV 8×8 NG-WAV design and features

The PARS IV 8×8 has been designed with an open architecture, which ensures the integration of a range of mission equipment and systems. It offers an optimal combination of user ergonomics, crew survivability and mobility.

The modular hull further allows for multiple configurations including infantry fighting vehicle, armoured personnel carrier, command and control vehicle, mortar carrier, combat engineering vehicle, CBRN resistant vehicle, and recovery vehicle.

The next-generation armoured vehicle has a length of approximately 8.4m, width of 3.1m and a height of 2.5m.

The forward cabin can accommodate two crew members including a driver and a commander, while ten more personnel can be carried including a gunner and nine infantrymen. The cabin offers more than 180o of visibility and high situational awareness, while ensuring optimal level of safety.

The panoramic periscopes on the forward section of the vehicle along with the thermal cameras at the rear and front provide a wide field of vision for the commander and the driver. The observation systems allow the crew to safely perform various tasks without opening the hatches.

Armament and self-protection of PARS IV NG-WAV

The modular design supports the installation of external turrets or remotely-controlled weapon stations as preferred by the customers.

The vehicle features a special armoured hull design integrated with modular armour. The hull offers superior protection against ballistic, mine and improvised explosive device (IED) threats.

The protection level of the PARS IV 8×8 NG-WAV can be enhanced based on the user requirements.

Engine and mobility

The Pars IV 8×8 NG-WAV is powered by a Euro 3-compliant diesel engine with a power to weight ratio of more than 19hp/t. The engine is coupled to a fully-automatic transmission with six forward and one reverse gear modes.

The power-pack is stabilised by the enhanced load distribution and fully-independent, height-adjustable hydropneumatic suspension. The suspension provides better shock absorbing support for operations on difficult terrains.

The vehicle has a maximum range of approximately 600km, while its maximum road speed is 100km/h. It can be integrated with an optional amphibious capability.

Each wheel of the all-wheel-drive vehicle is fitted with a pneumatic brake and an anti-lock braking system (ABS) for safe and sensitive braking. The low turning radius of the vehicle ensures high manoeuvrability in tight spaces.

The armoured vehicle can cross approximately 2m wide trenches and can ford a maximum depth of 1m. It can traverse through different terrains with gradients up to 60% and slide slopes of 30%. The angle of approach/departure of the vehicle is 35°.

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