Turkey’s FNSS has delivered the initial Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tanks (MMWTs) to the Indonesian Army, marking the first foreign sale of the Turkish defence industry in tank class. The first batch of MMWTs is in “serial production configuration,” a company official said.“All tank platforms will be shipped to Indonesia for final turret assembly and delivered to the Indonesian Army after the final acceptance stage.” After the prototype development studies, FNSS has successfully completed the endurance and firing tests carried out in Indonesia.
At the end of 2019, FNSS signed a joint production contract for a total of 18 KAPLAN MT vehicles and completed the design perfection studies carried out with the participation of end users in 2020.
The joint project is carried out in Turkey by the Ankara-based FNSS and an Indonesian defence company, PT Pindad. Some of the vehicles were produced in Turkey and some of them will be developed in Indonesia. The project also includes technology transfer.“If needed, we can design and develop a model from scratch to meet the different needs of purchasing countries and that the production does not always have to be in Turkey,” the official said. The company is looking at more export opportunities in the region.“This export will lead similar sales and projects to grow, he said, noting that they are open to projects based on win-win model just as the one with Indonesia.”
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