ANKARA ($1=18.60 Turkish Liras) — The overall supervisor of the Turkish firm BMC Savunma Mehmet Karaaslan and the CEO of BMC Murat Yalcintas introduced that the prototypes of Altay tanks within the new model will likely be offered to the navy for testing subsequent yr, writes Turkiye Gazetesi.

Successful tests of Korean DV27K engine in the Turkish tank Altay
Picture: Wallpaper Flare

It was initially assumed that the Altay could be powered by a 1,500 hp diesel engine from the German firm MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH with the German Renk transmission, with which the primary Altaya prototype was geared up. On the identical time, the German concern Rheinmetall created a three way partnership with the Turkish concern BMC for the manufacturing of varied kinds of fight autos, together with the aforementioned Altay. Nonetheless, the German-Turkish industrial cooperation was rapidly interrupted by the sanctions of the German authorities on the sale of weapons and tools in reference to the participation of the Turkish military within the civil battle in Syria. This example delayed the implementation of this program.

The Turks are engaged on their very own propulsion system for the Altay. Nonetheless, as a result of lengthy implementation of a domestically produced energy unit, it was determined to combine the tank with the Korean Doosan DV27K engine with an influence of 1500 hp. This may permit the belief of the primary batch of Altaya within the variety of 100 copies. Most definitely, the subsequent batch will already be geared up with the goal engine.

The Altay is a Turkish most important battle tank designed by a number of Turkish protection trade firms with the assist of a South Korean accomplice, based mostly on the South Korean K2 Black Panther most important battle tank. In comparison with the essential construction, the turret of this tank has been considerably redesigned with using quite a few parts produced by the Turkish arms trade, partly based mostly on expertise switch from Korea.

South Korea will help Turkey with engines for the Altay tank
Doosan engine, Picture credit score: Military Recognition

These embody the next programs developed by the ASELSAN firm: command and communication, hearth management, navigation and identification of foreigners [IFF], in addition to the laser warning system or the Akkor lively automobile safety system [ASOP], inner extra armor below type lattice armor screens within the rear of the turret by ROKETSAN and a 120 mm lengthy 55 caliber smoothbore gun manufactured below license by MKEK. The tank additionally has a crew of 4 and 7 pairs of working wheels, no automated loading system.

Up to now, the Turkish navy has ordered 250 Altay fashions price a complete of about US$3.5 billion below a contract since November 2018. The goal demand is estimated at almost 1,000 examples, that are to be acquired in 4 tranches to exchange tanks from extra outdated era in Turkish military. In March 2019, Qatar additionally determined to buy 100 of those MBTs together with 20 T-155 Firtina self-propelled howitzers.

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