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Altay MBT
« on: February 25, 2018, 08:21:11 PM »
From: Military Today

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Altay is the official name of the Turkish future main battle tank. It is named after the famous commander of the Turkish Cavalry Corps. It will be Turkey's first indigenous MBT development program since 1943. In 2007 a contract was awarded to a local company Otokar for the design and production of four prototypes. First prototype was publicly revealed in 2011. In 2016 it was officially reported that Turkey is ready for production of this new tank. It is expected that the Altay should be adopted in the nearest future. Turkish Army requirement is for at least 250 new main battle tanks.

   This new main battle tank is of conventional design. The Altay uses some technologies of the South Korean K2 Black Panther, however it is a different design, rather than a license-produced version of the Black Panther. The Altay also has some design features of the Leopard 2, which is used by the Turkish armed forces.

   The Altay main battle tank is planned to have a 120 mm/L55 smoothbore gun. It is a version of the Rheinmetall gun. Similar guns are used on the German Leopard 2A6 and 2A7 tanks, as well as on the South Korean Black Panther tank. Around 40 rounds of ammunition are carried for the main gun. Ready to use ammunition is stored in the turret bustle, fitted with blow-out panels, while remaining rounds are stored inside the hull.


The Altay is the first Turkish indigenous main battle tank program since 1943. Photo taken from military-today.com

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Re: Altay MBT
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2018, 08:23:36 PM »
Turkey wants Germany to participate in Altay MBT production | Janes - 23 February 2018
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In an interview with German news agency dpa on 18 February on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Yildirim said, “Such co-operation [on Altay production] with Germany will benefit both sides,” Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported. “In fact, Altay production will be more beneficial for Germany since the machines [to build the MBTs] come from Germany, important parts also come from Germany.

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Re: Altay MBT
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 02:40:03 AM »
Interesting tidbits about the Altay here:
https://armor-il.blogspot.co.il/2018/01/are-there-really-4th-generation-mbts.html

"Although it does use an APS and is a very young design, it almost appears to follow the steps of the notoriously badly designed Challenger 2 tank, which within less than a decade since it gained initial operational capability, started having obsolescence issues and required deep and expensive modernization efforts.
The Altay is a new tank that could have been designed with modern approaches to crew protection in mind, but simply wasn't.
As mentioned above, it retains a larger crew of 4 still laid out in a conventional setup in which all crewmen are dispersed at different heights and different points in the tank, and thus vastly increase the required protected area.
It also retains an ammo rack at the front section of the hull beside the driver, which as shown in multiple conflicts already (Turkish operations in Syria being the primary example), is a very dangerous and completely unnecessary setup. This ammo is in the same compartment as the crew is, and thus it is vulnerable in low/medium intensity conflicts where an ATGM could come from everywhere.

The Altay missed an amazing opportunity, and will likely either remain in service long enough for contemporary designs to out-match it with new concepts, or will have a relatively service life to take advantage of these same new concepts."

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Re: Altay MBT
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2018, 10:30:11 PM »
Details emerge for three Altay MBT variants | Janes - 26 November 2018
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Officials from Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) have revealed details of the three variants to be produced for the Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) programme by local company BMC.

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The next 210 vehicles will be of the Altay T2 standard, featuring increased protection and improved situational awareness systems. The T2 variant is expected to begin deliveries shortly after the tranche of T1 standard tanks have been handed over.

A single T3 variant is to be built and will feature an unmanned turret with a bustle-mounted autoloader. This T3 variant, scheduled for qualification in 2024, is understood to be intended for further trials and technical evaluation rather than for service with the Turkish Armed Forces.

Turkey is also planning to procure 60 armoured recovery and 50 mine clearance variants of the Altay, which will be based on the T1 variant's chassis.


A prototype Altay variant during firing trials. The initial production batch of 40 T1 variants will be similar to the prototype standard, but will be fitted with the Akkor APS. Source: Otokar

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Re: Altay MBT
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 12:08:48 AM »
Turkey invests in big production of new Altay main battle tanks | Army Recognition - 17 January 2019 11:37
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Turkish President Erdogan announced the establishment of a BMC production and technology base in the province of Sakarya, a USD 180 million investment. BMC is one of Turkey’s commercial and defense vehicle producers. Once all phases are completed, it is supposed to employ 10.000 people.

The new site will produce Altay main battle tanks (MBTs), military and commercial vehicles, and engines of various platforms. Turkey intends to build 250 Altay MBTs and ultimately produce 1,000 new tanks in four separate lots of 250 units.


BMC Altay main battle tank (Picture source: Army Recognition)

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Re: Altay MBT
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2019, 11:36:00 PM »
https://www.janes.com/article/91966/altay-mbt-to-be-ready-in-two-years-says-bmc

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Altay MBT to be ready in two years, says BMC
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Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) signed a contract with BMC for the first serial production of 250 Altay MBTs in November 2018 after a delay of almost eight years. Under the contract, up to 1,000 MBTs could be procured in four batches of 250 each.

A Turkish defence industry expert told Jane's on 4 October that the first 40 tanks of the first sub-tranche, which are planned to be equipped with the Akkor active protection system and with the possibility of additional armour developed by Roketsan, are likely to be based on five Altay prototypes produced by Turkish company Otokar.

The second sub-tranche will consist of 210 Altays, with improved armour, the ability to fire laser-guided projectiles from its main gun, and an isolated magazine for the main gun ammunition, among others improvements. They will take longer to produce because of their more advanced systems, the expert added.


The first 40 Altay MBTs are likely to be based on the Otokar prototype. Source: Otokar