The Altay tank, developed by BMC Defense, will be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces on April 23. Field tests will be carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces. What are the Altay tank features?
The production of the Altay tank, developed by BMC Defense, is finally completed. It is planned that the Altay tank will be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces for testing on April 23, 2023.
The production of the tank was delayed because Germany imposed an embargo on the engine to be used in the ALTAY Main Battle Tank, which was produced as a prototype in 2014, and the Turkish Armed Forces had various demands. Various changes were made in the Altay tank project, which was continued by BMC Defense. New systems and new power pack integrated. The DV27K diesel engine produced by Hyundai Doosan and the EST15K transmission produced by SNT Dynamics are used in the new Altay tank.
Mass Production Will Be Started in 2025
It is planned to complete the production of 2 Altay tanks in April and to deliver them to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) for testing on April 23. Field tests to be carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces are expected to be completed in 2024. The Altay tank will begin mass production in 2025 with the Korean power group. Starting from the second half of 2026, the domestic engine will be integrated and mass production will continue with the domestic engine.
What are the New Systems in the Altay Tank?
Compared to its prototype introduced in 2014, the new capabilities added to the new Altay tank include the active protection system, improved armor system, renewed fire control system, renewed vehicle control system, localized systems (speed reduction, gunner’s 2nd degree sight system, track, turret ring gear, fuel). and hydraulic pumps, mobile concealment net, periscope, rotor).
Serial Production Will Be Made in Ankara
BMC Executive Board Member and Top Manager Murat Yalcintas stated that they decided that Ankara would be a more suitable place for the mass production of the Altay tank instead of Sakarya-Karasu, “Karasu was an area allocated to BMC for 49 years. The transfer of the land in Karasu to the state. We have started the procedures for. We bought land in an organized industrial zone in Ankara, we will carry out the mass production of the Altay tank there.” said.
Altay Tank Features
Maximum Power: 1500 hp
Maximum Speed: 65 km/h
Terrain Speed (Uneven): 45 km/h
Transmission: 5 forward 3 reverse (Automatic)
Climbing Ability: 60%
Underwater Pass: 4 m
Crossing Through Deep Waters: 2.2 m
Crew Capacity: 4 (Tank Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver)