Christopher F Foss
Being shown for the first time in public anywhere in the world is the Turkish FNSS Savunma Sistemleri ACV-SW (Outdoor B8, Turkish Pavilion) fitted with the complete turret of the Russian BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) that is used in significant numbers in the Middle East.
So far, some 2,500 of the standard FNSS Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV) have been built for the Turkish Land Forces Command and an increasing number of export customers, including one in the Gulf.
The latest generation Armoured Combat Vehicle â€“ Stretched (ACV-S) has an additional road wheel either side to give the vehicle greater internal volume and payload. When fitted with the BMP-3 weapon system, the combination is called the ACV-SW IFV with BMP-3 turret. In addition to the crew of three â€“ commander, gunner and driver â€“ a total of seven infantry can be carried, all of whom can rapidly dismount via the power-operated ramp at the rear.
The BMP-3 turret is armed with a 100mm gun that as well as firing conventional natures of ammunition, can also fire a laser-guided projectile out to a maximum range of 5,000m. In addition, it has a 30mm cannon and 7.62mm machine gun mounted co-axial.
FNSS has completed several pre-production versions of the ACV-S that have been fitted with various weapon systems for different roles. For example, a two-person 25mm cannon turret fitted with a standard ring mount for a 12.7mm M2 machine gun, with the vehicle carrying anti-tank missile teams.
All production ACV and first models of the ACV-S are fitted with a standard Detroit diesel engine coupled to an Allison X200 transmission. Other power packs are now being offered, including a Deutz diesel engine coupled to an Allison X200 transmission, or the X300 which is capable of being coupled to more powerful engines. pictures: http://idex.janes.com/docs/idex2/sec...xiepix/a64.jpg Yeah http://idex.janes.com/docs/idex2/sections/daily/day1/chance-for-first-glance-a.shtml