FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş. General Manager and CEO Nail Kurt shared new information about the Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle - ZAHA project, which is being used on the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship TCG ANADOLU on the We Visionary platform.
ZAHA is a vehicle capable of taking the fastest distance between the ship and the coast during an amphibious landing operation. During the landing phase of the operation, it can sail from the landing docks that dock to the shore, and it provides the troops to land as soon as possible under protection and with the support of fire by increasing the distance between them.
Nail Kurt stated that they used the knowledge of maritime in ZAHA project and they worked with academics working in ITU Naval Civil Engineering. Kurt stated that the only counterpart of ZAHA, which was specially designed for the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship, is the USA's AAV7 platform, underlining that AAV7 is also the product of BAE Systems, which are their business partnerships. BAE Systems, the Wolves took the linsa can produce the Presidency of the Defense Industry in Turkey, but he did not want a platform six production licenses, said the original and want a national platform.
They competed with Otokar in the tender opened by the Presidency of Defense Industries and won the tender. kazanKurt said that Turkey is the second country that can produce such an advanced platform after the USA. Underlining that the USA has superior aspects over the AAV7 vehicle, Kurt announced that the first prototype is ready.
First Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle - Explaining that ZAHA's sea tests have been successfully continued, Kurt said that they aim to complete all sea tests in 2021 and advance the calendar in this direction. He also stated that they plan to deliver the first Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle - ZAHA to the Turkish Navy in early 2021 after the naval tests were completed in 2022.
Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle - ZAHA
ZAHA has high firepower with its remote control tower which houses 12.7 mm MT and 40 mm Automatic Bomb Launchers. ZAHA; It has three different configurations: Personnel Carrier, Command Vehicle and Rescue Vehicle. The UKSS on the vehicle was designed by FNSS.
The Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle (ZAHA) was designed by FNSS, taking into account the operational concept and mission requirements of the Naval Forces Command. ZAHA's Naval Forces Command is expected to be used in amphibious operations of TCG Anatolia, the new flagship. Within the scope of the Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle project, which will be developed in order to ensure that the troops stationed on the dock with the pool are safely transferred to the beach and land targets in difficult sea conditions, 23 Amphibious Assault Personnel Vehicles, 2 Amphibious Assault Command Vehicles and 2 Amphibious Assault Rescue Vehicles will be procured. (Source: DefenceTurk)