Turkey’s FNSS said it is preparing to mass produce Pars Scout 6×6 and 8×8 tactical wheeled armored vehicles (TWAV) and is focussing on developing locally-made engines to power them.

Five variants (command, radar, sensor and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) of Pars vehicles will be used by the Turkish Land Forces Command (KKK) and Gendarmerie General Command under a contract signed during IDEF-19 event for the Special Purpose Tactical Wheeled Armored Vehicles (SPTWAV) project, Daily Sabah reported Wednesday.

FNSS has now completed the vehicle design with holistic work and an intense production period. Initially, it is looking to deliver some 100 vehicles to the security forces in the short term.

“The vehicles will be used by the security forces in 2022,” SPTWAV project coordinator, Can Kurt, told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Domestically producing the engine to power such vehicles is also important and a significant item for the Turkish Defense industry, he continued, adding that “in 2021, the domestic engine qualification process will be completed and integrated and used in the Pars Scout vehicle.”