A new firm on the AFV market is General Purpose Vehicles (GPV), of New Haven, Michigan, which developed the modular GPV series comprising the 4 x 4 Sentry, 6 x 6 Commander, 8 x 8 Captain, 8 x 8 Colonel and 10 x 10 General. Gross vehicle weights range from 16.28 tonnes for the Sentry to 37 tonnes for the General depending upon the protection level. An all welded steel hull will defeat 7.62mm AP ammunition and higher levels of protection can be fitted. The vehicle’s design incorporates a V-shaped hull to deflect mine blasts. Depending on the model two to four personnel, including the driver and vehicle commander, are seated in a front cockpit while up 12 personnel can be seated in the rear compartment. A variety of one and two person turrets and remote weapon stations can be integrated on the GPV family. Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri AS is marketing the 8 x 8 model, named Pars for this purpose, to the Turkish Land Forces Command.
|Terrex 8x8 AV81|
The Terrex AV81 APC is one of the latest and most advanced APCs. Vehicle has a modular protection system. It's all-round armor protects occupants from small arms fire, while the frontal armor withstands 12.7-mm armor piercing bullets. Add on armor plates can be added for a higher level of protection. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull, which deflects mine blasts. It can withstand up to 12 kg TNT explosion under the hull and the vehicle still keep on moving.
Terrex AV81 in an APC configuration is armed with a single externally mounted 12.7-mm machine gun and a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. It is also available in various turret-mounted armament configurations, but number of personnel carried is reduced. It is worth mentioning that the Terrex has a modular top deck and it's configuration can be changed from anti-tank missile carrier to a 105-mm fire support vehicle.
|FNSS 8x8 Pars|
This FNSS 8x8 Pars armored personnel carrier is powered by the Deutz diesel engine, developing 530 hp. Vehicles of the Pars family use the same automotive components. The FNSS claims that vehicle's unrefueled range is over 1 500 km. This APC has an active hydropneumatic suspension system. It enables to adjust ground clearance electronically or to lean vehicle in any direction.