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Altay

Main battle tank

Altay MBT

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

 
 
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service Expected in 2016
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
Armament
Main gun 120 mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm, 2 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ~ 40 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine MTU 883 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
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 be officially adopted in 2016. In 2016 it was officially reported that Turkey is ready for production of this new tank. 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 tank is fitted with coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun, roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun, and roof-mounted remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 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 has a target acquisition system with hunter-killer engagement capability. Vehicle commander uses a panoramic sight with thermal vision to search for targets. Once the target is selected the gun is laid on the target automatically and the gunner completes al the aiming and firing process. During that time commander looks for the next target. Such engagement method is present on all modern main battle tanks.

   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.

 

 
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