Otokar Submitted Proposal for Serial Production of “Altay” MBT

Issue 79

Otokar submitted its proposal to the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries for the serial production of the main battle tank Altay, which the company designed and has produced prototypes.

Otokar, a Koç Group company, submitted its proposal for serial production of the main battle tank Altay to the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries within the scope of the “Modern Tank Production Project by using National Sources”. Otokar was chosen as the main contractor in 2008 for Altay’s design, prototyping and qualification process, referred to as Phase 1. The qualification and acceptance tests of the prototypes produced in the first phase were successfully completed, and the prototypes were approved in February 2017. Meanwhile, the inspection and approval process of the Technical Data Package (TDP) by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries is ongoing.

Otokar General Manager Mr. Serdar Görgüç commented on the serial production of Altay: “With over 50 years of experience and capabilities, Otokar has completed all the tasks it has undertaken with flying colors. We successfully designed and developed Altay, the national main battle tank for which we were the main contractor in Phase 1. With the investments that we made in this process, the experience we’ve gained, and the enhanced R&D capabilities, Otokar has captured strategic momentum in its position in the defense industry. As Turkey’s leading land defense systems company, with all the competencies required to produce the Altay, and also strengthening the national defense industry’s capabilities, we are up to the task. Our wish is for the main battle tank Altay to start serving the Turkish Armed Forces as early as possible.”

New Generation Main Battle Tank “Altay”

Designed and developed to meet the requirements and expectations of the Turkish Land Forces against present and future threats, with its specifications Altay is the world’s most modern main battle tank. The main battle tank, distinctive with its increased survivability, mobility and firing power, has delivered superior performance in challenging tests conducted in all climatic and terrain conditions for the last two years. Altay achieved very high accuracy results in firing tests carried out for diverse scenarios in all types of climate conditions and distances.

Otokar has already worked on all the infrastructure requirements and has planned for the production lines to be prepared to launch production as early as possible upon the signing of the agreement for Altay’s serial production, and has obtained the necessary Manufacturing Permit from the Ministry of Defense. In addition to planning for the production of the 250 units of the main battle tank Altay that the Land Forces requires over the course of five years. 

The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries released the Call to Bid Document in July for Altay’s ‘Serial Production’ work and ‘Integrated Logistics Support’ services.