Daily Sabah
May 16, 2022

Turkey integrates S. Korean engine with MBT Altay, tests continue

The engine of Turkey’s indigenously developed domestic main battle tank (MBT) Altay, which arrived from South Korea in March, has been integrated into the tank, while the mass production of the tank is expected to begin within two years, according to the Turkish daily Sabah Sunday.

Turkish land vehicle manufacturer BMC, the company that heads the Altay project, previously signed an agreement with two South Korean companies, Doosan Infracore Co. and S&T Dynamics Co., for the engine and transmission.

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Turkey successfully completed the ignition of its first-ever nationally developed 1,500-horsepower engine, BATU, that will power various armored vehicles and tanks, potentially the Altay, in May.

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As part of the Altay MBT project, which was developed in accordance with the combat conditions of today and the future, a mass production contract was signed between the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and BMC in 2018.

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In addition to tank armors, active protection systems are also of great importance against anti-tank weapons.

Reactive armors are ineffective against anti-tank missiles like the Javelin, defense industry experts occasionally point out that the Russians lost so many tanks in the war between Russia and Ukraine, emphasizing the need for active protection in tanks like the AKKOR.