ANKARA, (BM) – After the failed 2020 for the Turkish Altay project (the main battle tank of the Turkish army), the beginning of 2021 is promising. Turkey is in talks with South Koreans to supply engines to power the tank. This delivery will happen soon, Ismail Demir, chairman of the defense industry’s chairmanship (SSB), told reporters on March 3rd.
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According to Demir, despite the good news from South Korea, Turkey continues to develop its engine. The worst that can happen is for the future Turkish engine to be powered by a unit from abroad, Demir added. He added that the future Turkish engine would serve as a basis for driving other armored Turkish vehicles.
Turkish Defense Ministry sources say the alleged South Korean engine is a Doosan Infracore DV27K. This engine is a 4-cycle, 12-cylinder engine with 1500 hp. According to the characteristics of the South Korean manufacturer, the engine is water-cooled.
Batu is the future of the Turkish infantry
Batu is the name of the Turkish engine being developed, which will continue this year and power future Turkish Altay tanks. The Altay project is an initiative of the Turkish government, and the main contractor is Otokar. Turkey and Otokar signed an agreement to develop the tank in 2007. The value of the contract was then about $ 500 million and included four prototypes.
Batu is expected to be more potent than the South Korean engine – 1600 hp. The machine will be diesel with an autonomous gearbox. However, the Turks do not yet have their technology for its development, so they do it together with the Italian manufacturer Fiat / Iveco. The manufacturer of the engine is the Turkish company BMS.
An arms embargo has thwarted Turkish plans
The Altay Turkish tank had long been to be propelled. Ankara expected Altay to receive a Rank transmission and an MTU engine. MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH was a German company that had to provide the Turks with a 1500 hp engine. It got to the point that the German company Rheinmetall joined the project, even setting up a joint venture with the Turkish BMS.
However, negotiations between Turkey and Germany have stalled. Berlin imposed an arms embargo on Ankara, and German companies withdrew from the project. Germany is one of several European countries that have imposed restrictions on military trade with Turkey. The reason for the arms embargo was the participation of the Turks in the civil war in Syria.
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