IDEF 2019: BMC presents serial production of Altay T1 MBT Main Battle Tank


On May 1, 2019, during IDEF, the International Defense Exhibition in Turkey, the Turkish Company BMC has signed an important contract for the serial production of the Altay Turkish-made main battle tank with the main subcontractors including Turkish companies Aselsan, Roketsan, MKEK, and Havelsan.


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New Altay T1 main battle tank at IDEF 2019, defense exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey. May 1, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)


The Turkish Company BMC will lead the serial production of the Altay T1 main battle tank while Aselsan will provide vehicle electronics including fire control system and active protection system, Roketsan will provide ballistic protection system, MKE the main gun system and Havelsan, the tank and subsystem simulators.

Turkey's New Generation Main Battle Tank ALTAY will be produced in two configurations, T1 and T2, having high maneuvering capability, ballistic protection, and firepower, taking into consideration the recent combat experience and near-future requirements of Turkish Armed Forces.

ALTAY T1 will have the most advanced protection covering 360 degrees against all known threats with passive, reactive and active protection components. 40 ALTAY T1 will be delivered to Turkish Land Forces starting from 18th month of serial production.
ALTAY T2, of which 210 units to be delivered, will be an advanced version of ALTAY T1 with improved ballistic protection, isolated ammunition racks, laser-guided gun-launched missile firing capability, crew training mode, and signature management with mobile camouflage.

Within the scope of the project, ALTAY T3 with unmanned turret will also be developed.


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