JAKARTA, ($1=14,517.65 Indonesian Rupiahs) — Indonesia will make FNSS Zaha marine assault vehicles [MAV] under a foreign license [Turkey] for the needs of the Indonesian Navy. A Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] between the two countries [Indonesia and Turkey] was already signed a few days ago [April 20th].
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The Indonesian Marines were looking for suitable and up-to-date armored landing combat vehicles. The Turkish company FNSS and their Zaha MAV were closest to Indonesian requirements. The MoU was signed in the presence of Indonesian President Joko Vidodo and Asian Defense Minister Prabovo Subianto.
Indonesia is trying to reduce imports of weapons systems. Years ago, for this reason, the Strategic Program for the Defense Industry of Indonesia was established. The signing of the MoU with Turkey guarantees Indonesia an increase in jobs, the introduction of new technologies, and the infusion of finance into the local economy.
About Zaha MAV
Zaha MAV is the latest development of the Turkish company in the field of amphibious vehicles. Zaha MAV can transport up to 21 Marines, including the gunner, driver, and commander. The vehicle has the following dimensions: length 8.3 m, width 3.3 m, and overall height of 3.8 m.
Zaha MAV is powered by a diesel engine with a fully automatic transmission, which guarantees up to 70 km / h top speed. In the water, the amphibian can reach speeds of up to 7 knots.
The Zaha MAV armament consists of CAKA Remote Controlled Turret [RCT], 40 mm AGL & 12.7 mm MG, and Day & Night sighting systems. Ballistic Protection STANAG 4569 [Level Classified] ensures the safety of transported Marines. There is an integrated mine protection system type STANAG 4569 [Level Classified]. Additionally, there are integrated standard smoke grenade dischargers and an automatic fire suppression system.
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