ANKARA, ($1=14.75 Turkish Liras) — Turkey has begun testing a DV27K tank engine manufactured by South Korean company Hyundai Doosan Infracore, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a statement by Ismail Demir, head of SSB [Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı or Turkish Defense Industry].
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According to Demir, who spoke to a group of journalists on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum [ADF] on March 13th, tests are currently underway on the power of the engine and its systems. Demir added that the prototype of the Turkish tank Altay is expected in May when it will be demonstrated with the South Korean engine.
The Turkish Altay tank faced serious obstacles. By this time, Ankara had to have several prototypes tested, and soon to go into series production. Several political and economic actions, including an embargo from Germany, thwarted Turkish plans.
Before the embargo from Germany, Altay was powered by a German engine from MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH. It provided at least 1,500 horsepower. A joint venture has even been set up between the Turkish government and Germany’s Rheinmetall. This company had to produce armored vehicles.
However, Turkey carried out bombings in northern Syria that were supposed to eliminate ISIS. However, the blasts were also aimed at Turkey’s declared terrorist group, the PKK, and its Syrian branch, the YPG. Berlin has reacted by banning arms exports to the Turkish armed forces.
Later, after the German embargo was a fact, Turkey turned to South Korean producers, about whom we also wrote a year ago. Thus, the DV27K engine is already on Turkish territory. Its 12 cylinders also provide Altay with 1,500 horsepower. Ankara has repeatedly announced that the purchased engine will be used only for the developed prototypes and the first mass-produced units of the Turkish Altay tank. At a later stage, Turkey believes it will be able to develop its own local version of a tank engine to replace the DV27K.
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.
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