The Altay Tank
Weight: 60-65 T
Main Gun: 120 mm 55 Cal. L-55
Machine Guns: 1x12,7 mm 2x 7,62 mm
Engine: 1500HP MTU 883
Maximum Road Speed:72km/h
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. First prototype was publicly revealed in 2011. 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 KoreanK2 Black Panther, however it is a different design, rather than a license-produced version of the Black Panther.
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 GermanLeopard2A6and2A7tanks, as well as on the South Korean Black Panther tank.
Initial production Altay MBTs will be powered by a German MTU 883 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. However due to political issues this engine will be used only on initial production tanks. It was claimed that the future Altay tanks will be powered by an indigenous engine, developing a whopping 1 800 hp. However the Turkish industry failed to develop and indigenous engine for this tank. Some sources report that eventually the Altay might be powered by Ukrainian 6TD-3 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. Planned maximum road speed is set at 72 km/h. Variants:
Altay AHT is a version optimized for urban combat. It was first publicly revealed in 2017. It is fitted with explosive reactive armor kit. Turret of this tank has a sloped wedge-type shape. Rear parts of the hull and turret are covered with cage armor. The tank is also fitted with front-mounted dozer blade.