Indonesia signs $ 135 million contract for the Harimau tanks

Indonesia signs $ 135 million contract for the Harimau tanks

Indonesian Defense Minister Ramisard Ryakuda signed a $ 135 million contract to build the first batch of the Harimau (“Tiger”) serial Turkish-Indonesian production for the Indonesian army.

The number of vehicles ordered was not officially disclosed, but, according to the head of the defense division PT Pindad Vijayanto, is 18-20 tanks (the final number must also be determined depending on the cost of equipment). PT Pindad of the Indonesian Army should be supplied within three years.

FNSS-PT Pindad Joint Development KAPLAN MT comprises state of the art modern technology platform with superior fire power supported with battlefield management and laser warning systems, providing tactical awareness to the commander. KAPLAN MT provides high ballistic and mine protection compared to its weight class. The tank guarantees the required fire support against battlefield threats with an exceptional speed of response, providing superior survivability and mobility on the battlefield.

New generation KAPLAN MT’s precision direct fire capability ensures sufficient lethality coupled with outstanding tactical and strategic mobility. The vehicle’s rear configuration power pack, heavy duty suspension system, double pin tracks and advanced electronic control systems each contribute to ensure freedom of action during expeditionary maneuver.

The vehicle’s new generation engine, coupled with a fully automatic electronic controlled transmission, results in of 20 Hp/ton ratio; depending on the configurable protection system.

KAPLAN MT owes its advanced mobility capability to its 6 wheeled anti-shock suspension system, built on torsion bars with double pinned tracks which provides optimum performance on both urban infrastructure and cross country. The vehicle is fully operable in a broad range of altitude and humidity, and temperatures. (-32°C/+55°C)

KAPLAN MT is fitted with CMI Cockerill® 3105 turret which integrates the Cockerill 105mm high-pressure gun with an advanced autoloader to deliver high lethality at very light weight. The System is designed to deliver a remarkably broad spectrum of operational capability

The vehicle interior is engineered carefully considering crew ergonomics and different tactical and battlefield conditions including driving, firing and ammunition loading and unloading. Special type of driver seat allows the operator to benefit from enhanced field of view and convenient access to dashboard and other driving instruments.

Source: www.defenceandtechnology.com
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