Turkey Begins Testing ZAHA Armored Amphibious Assault Vehicle
ZAHA armored amphibious assault vehicle during self-correction tests.
Turkish firm FNSS has tested whether the ZAHA armored amphibious assault vehicle can come back to upright position in case of capsizing in water.
“ZAHA armored amphibious vehicle built for Turkish Marine Corps has completed self-correction test. It has ability to rotate itself in case it capsizes, without harming the crew inside and without using an additional system. With this test, verification activities have been completed. Qualification tests of the vehicle will start,” Ismail Demir, Chairman of Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted Thursday afternoon.
FNSS will deliver a total of 27 vehicles to the Turkish military: 23 are personnel carriers, 2 command and control vehicles, and 2 rescue vehicles. The body design and strong water jets give ZAHA high mobility with a maximum speed of 7 knots at sea and 70 km/h on land. ZAHA, which can climb 60% steep slope, can easily cross 90cm-high obstacles and 2meter-wide ditches. ZAHA has high firepower with its remote control turret fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun and 40 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.