President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made statements about the Altay Main Battle Tank in his speech at the Arifiye 1st Main Maintenance Factory Directorate in Sakarya.
President Erdoğan stated that the production of Altay AMT is planned to be carried out at the Arifiye 1st Main Maintenance Factory. Regarding the delivery of Altay AMT to the Turkish Armed Forces, President Erdoğan said: "The goal is to hold the Altay's delivery ceremony to the Army here at the beginning of 2023" He pointed to the year 2023. President Erdoğan for Arifiye 1st Main Maintenance Factory, “Although this is a pallet factory, we will also produce tanks here.” dedicate.
While a limited production of Altay AMT was planned in 2021, uncertainties regarding full-scale mass production continued due to the power group.
Vice President Fuat Oktay reminded that the serial production contract for the Altay tank was signed between the Presidency of Defense Industries and BMC company on November 27, 2020, in his speech at the Planning and Budget Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey on November 9, 2018; He stated that subsystem supply contracts were signed between BMC and German companies MTU and RENK for the supply of engines and transmissions for the power group. In the continuation of Oktay's statement, "An application has been made to obtain approval for export licenses and government permits from the German authorities. German authorities are still trying to get an answer for the permissions in question.” he said.
President of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, in the interview he gave to M5 Magazine, emphasized that the production of 6 Altay tanks with pre-supplied engines was started, and that the production of the Altay main battle tank started. “We can't call it 6 per unit because there is no such thing as you will put all the spare engines in the tank, but it can be 4 or 5, something like that has been started. It may be asked why such a thing was not started earlier. If you are going to start to establish a production facility now, you have to determine a process so that I produced 5 units after that, I waited for 3 years.” had made statements.
Regarding İsmail Demir Altay AMT engine in May 2020, “Working with a country has come to a very, very good point, we can say that signatures have been signed. We still have plans B and C for the engine.” had statements. Demir also stated that R&D works for the electric motor to be used in the Altay tank are continuing as an alternative to the existing supply plans.
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.
The engine of the Altay tank “BATU” was successfully tested
The engine of the BATU Power Group, which will power the Altay main battle tank, was successfully ignited. In May 2021, President of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. In a statement made by İsmail Demir, "Our defense industry is advancing towards its goals with firm steps in engine technology. Developed by BMC Power for tanks, various armored vehicles and machines 1500 horsepower Our first engine BATU'Ignition was successful.” statements were made.
Mesude Kılınç, Head of SSB Engine and Power Transmission Systems Department, stated that they aim to accept BATU, the power group project of the Altay tank, on the tank in 2021 at the "Defense Technologies 2024" event organized by the Istanbul Technical University Defense Technologies Club.
Stating that it will be a very difficult test process, Kılınç stated that a project process will be carried out where tests will be carried out in the field, including 10.000 kilometers tests on the tank. Mesude Kılınç said that critical subsystems were also developed locally within the scope of the project. “We attach great importance to the development of critical subsystems domestically. This makes our challenging project even more difficult. " had made statements.