FNSS revealed its combat engineering variant of the Pars III 8×8 armoured vehicle, which was developed specifically to meet the requirements of Oman, at the 2019 IDEF exhibition.
The vehicle is undergoing qualification tests for Oman and is expected to complete all testing by mid-2019, at which point deliveries are expected to commence.
The contract with Oman covers delivery of 172 Pars III vehicles in 13 configurations. Of those vehicles, 145 will be based on the 8×8, and the remaining 27 on the 6×6 variants.
The contract for the combat engineering variant covers eight vehicles. It is designed to perform a number of combat engineering operations including mine clearance, obstacle clearance, obstacle creation, and constructing bases and defences.