President of the Turkish Presidential Defense Industry. Dr. In an interview with M5 Magazine, İsmail Demir also made a statement about the production of the Altay main battle tank, which continues as a BMC main contractor.
İsmail Demir, who emphasized that the production of 6 Atlay main battle tanks was started with the pre-supplied engines directed to him, and that the production of the Altay main battle tank was started.
“We may not call it 6 for men because there is no such thing as you will put all the spare engines in the tank, but it can only be 4 or 5, something like that has started. It may be asked why such a thing has not been started before. If you are going to start building a production facility now, you have to determine a process so that I have produced 5 units and waited for 3 years. ” made statements.
With regard to İsmail Demir Altay AMT engine in May 2020: “We can say that work with a country has reached a very good point, signatures have been made. We have B and C plans for the engine. ” had made statements. Demir also stated that the studies within the electric motor continue as an alternative to the current supply plans in R&D studies to be used in the Altay tank.
The ALTAY Project started as the main contractor of OTOKAR, which was commissioned by the Presidency Defense Industry Directorate (SSB) for prototype production. The subsequent mass production tender was won by BMC and the mass production process is under the main contractor of BMC.
Lastly, SSB President İsmail Demir stated that the calendar phase was determined as T0 + T18 regarding the calendar of the Altay tank, and the reason why the T0 phase could not be started was based on the main contractor's inability to supply the power group.
Regarding the issue of iron again: “Since certain parameters are not under the management of the company, no deadlines for T0 have been determined, however; There are some positive developments regarding the power group and the calendar may start soon. ” he said.