FNSS bags $559 million Malaysian order for Pars 8×8 APCs

The Pars (Turkish for Anatolian Leopard) is an amphibious armoured personnel carrier family with 6×6, and 8×8 versions, produced by FNSS of Turkey.

FNSS of Turkey, a joint venture between BAE Systems, Inc. and Nurol Holding  of Turkey, has received and signed a $559 million letter of offer and acceptance  (LOA) from DEFTECH of Malaysia for the design, development and manufacture of  257 DEFTECH AV-8 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles and Integrated Logistics Support  for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

The vehicle, to be manufactured by DEFTECH in Malaysia, is based on the  FNSS-designed PARS 8×8 multi-purpose, multi-mission, wheeled armored vehicle.  The vehicle will be redesigned by FNSS and DEFTECH engineers specifically to  meet the requirements of the Malaysian customer.

“This effort will not only benefit the Malaysian Army, but will also further  develop the indigenous capability in Malaysia,” said John Kelly, vice president  of exports and international business for BAE Systems’ Land & Armaments  sector. “BAE Systems, Inc. actively looks to support FNSS in its ambition to  market its land vehicle expertise globally.”

Malaysia’s AV-8 8×8 armoured wheeled vehicle program involves the local  design, development and manufacture of the vehicle, as well as the integrated  logistic support. FNSS will provide the technical assistance and technology  transfer to enable DEFTECH to produce the vehicles in Malaysia. The AV-8 will be  Malaysia’s first indigenous 8×8 armored wheeled vehicle family consisting of 12  variants, for use by the Malaysian Army.

“This project builds on the already successful industrial partnership with  DEFTECH, our long term industrial partner in Malaysia. We look forward to  supporting DEFTECH on this challenging program and making it another success  story in Malaysia,” said Nail Kurt, General Manager and CEO of FNSS. “FNSS is  committed to providing the means for DEFTECH to realize the goal of developing  an 8×8 Wheeled Armored Vehicle Family (AV8) to meet the Malaysia Armed Forces  requirements. The project is based on putting in place the infrastructure to  design, develop, produce and maintain a family of 8×8 Wheeled Armored  Vehicles.”

FNSS and DEFTECH previously delivered 211 ADNAN Armored Combat Vehicles (ACV)  and 8 120mm ACV Mortar Carriers to the Malaysian Army and are now about to  complete the deliveries of 48 additional ADNAN ACVs under a separate  contract.

About FNSS

FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S. is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier  of armoured combat vehicles and weapon systems for the Turkish Armed Forces and  Allied Armed Forces. FNSS is a Turkish based joint-venture company between Nurol  Group of Turkey and BAE Systems, Inc.

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