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Prototype main battle tank

Altay MBT

The Altay is the first Turkish indigenous main battle tank program since 1943

Entered service Expected in 2015
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 55 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 10 m
Hull length ~ 7.7 m
Width ~ 3.6 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Engine MTU 883 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2.8 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 4.1 m


   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. This new MBT might enter service in 2015-2016. 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.

   The Altay main battle tank is planned to have a 120-mm / L55 smoothbore gun. It is a version of the Rheinmetall gun. Ready to use ammunition will is stored in the turret bustle, fitted with blow-out panels. Vehicle is also fitted with coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and a roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The Altay MBT is equipped with a state-of-the-art Volkan fire control system and battlefield management system, indigenously developed by Aselsan. This company supplies fire control systems to the Turkish Army upgraded Leopard 1 MBTs. The Altay also has a hunter-killer capability.

   This new main battle tank is operated by a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   Initial production Altay MBTs will be powered by a German MTU 883 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. However it is also claimed that in the future these tanks will be powered by an indigenous engine, developing 1 800 hp. Planned maximum road speed is set at 70 km/h. This main battle tank will be fitted with a deep wading kit. After preparation it will be capable of fording water obstacles up to 4.1 m deep.


Altay MBT

Altay MBT

Altay MBT

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