Patriarch Pavle approached this issue based on the consent of all Orthodox churches (Decision of the Orthodox Primates in 1992), taking into account the positions of both the SOC's episcopes
and believers and Yugoslav state.
The operator can have a direct view of the surrounding scenario through seven episcopes
located in the lower part of the turret, though an eighth larger episcope
covers the frontal 45[degrees] angle.
To provide him with a good situational awareness the vehicle is not equipped with typical tracked APC episcopes
, but with an elevated dome with windows on 180[degrees], ensuring good visibility front and left and lesser visibility on the right.
A 360[degrees] day/ night vision system provides maximum situational awareness to the crew, while episcopes
ensure a direct view capability An FN Arrows RCWS is mounted on top to provide self-protection fire.
Compared to most infantry fighting vehicles of its category, the Pars 8x8 features a side-by-side seating front cabin for the driver and commander who can control the surroundings on their flat screens with imaging provided by the front and rear thermal and CCD cameras, though three front and two side episcopes
provide direct vision.
Indeed the typical episcopes
yield a too-limited field of view to allow drivers to cope with such situations, who then have to drive with the hatch open and thereby compromise the protection of the vehicle.