The news article that is in the NSS 2019 Special Dossier published in the 76th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is here:
FNSS, the only land vehicle manufacturer to participate at the seminar, focused on the promotion of Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV), which is being developed under the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles (ZAHA) Project. Haldun Olgun, Business Development Manager at FNSS, made a presentation describing the outstanding features of MAV when compared to its global competitors.
Speaking about the amphibious vehicles used around the world, Olgun said that the AAV7, developed for the U.S. Marine Corps was one of the most common vehicles in this class, and that some 1,850 AAV7s can be found in the inventories of 11 countries. According to FNSS, MAV stands out when compared to the AAV7 in its ability to operate at sea state 4, as well as in its higher ballistic and mine protection, and its personnel transport capacity.
After safely landing units during amphibious operations, Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicles then switch roles to serve as armoured personnel carriers after reaching the shore. During the amphibious assault phase of an operation, these vehicles are launched from a landing helicopter dock (LHD), and are able to rapidly cover the distance between the vessel and shore, allowing forces to land safely and with minimum delay. Once on land, MAV can continue taking part in operations side-by-side with other armoured vehicles. Aside from amphibious operations, MAV can effectively take on various roles in non-combat military operations, such as non-combatant evacuations, humanitarian aid operations, rescue support in natural disasters, and peacekeeping and peace force operations.
To summarise its features, MAV:
- has a max speed of 7 knots in water, allowing marine units to land quickly during the assault phase of an amphibious operation;
- is capable of rapid self-righting in the event of a capsize;
- has a ramp and seven hatches, allowing the rapid evacuation of personnel in emergency situations;
- can carry up to 18+3 personnel and transport units to the shore;
- has an ergonomic design that is in compliance with MIL-STD-1472, ensuring personnel are ready for the operation after the challenging deployment process, as well as seats that protect personnel from blasts;
- has a Minefield Breaching System to counter coastal mines;
- has a 2-axis stabilised remote-controlled weapon system with a 12.7 mm machine gun and a 40 mm grenade launcher;
- has eight smoke-grenade launchers;
- can generate smoke from its engine;
- features paint, coating and passive cathodic protection against marine conditions to increase corrosion resistance;
- offers CBRN protection; and
- provides 360-degree environmental awareness for the crew thanks to its onboard electronic day and night vision systems.