The First Prototypes of Altay Turkish National Main Battle Tank Demonstrated their Mobility

Tarih: Issue 37 - November 2012

Prototypes of Altay - the first National Main Battle Tank designed and developed mainly by Otokar (major private defence industry manufacturer of Turkey) were introduced to public at Otokar’s factory in Sakarya. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended "Altay First Prototype" ceremony hosted by Chairman of Koç Holding, Mustafa V. Koç, Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel, National Defence Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Commander of the Turkish Land Forces Hayri Kıvrıkoğlu, Undersecretary for Defence Industries Murad Bayar, President of Koç Holding Defence Industry Group and Chairman of Otokar Mr.Kudret Önen, President of Koç Holding Defence Industry Group and Chairman of Otokar, Vice Chairman of Otokar Halil Ünver and Otokar’s General Manager Serdar Görgüç participated in the ceremony.

First prototypes introduced to public reflect the effects of the design and conceptual development of the project started in 2009. In the first prototype, Altay’s mobilityshall be tested and perfected. The second prototype developed under the scope of the project shall be used for testing Altay’s firing capability. Two more prototypes shall be developed using the dataobtained from these initial prototypes and thus Altay tank shall be prepared for mass production. A special demonstration was organized at Otokar’s tank testing runway, for the introduction of MTR (the first prototype of Altay that covered more than 2000 km during the tests) and FTR (second Altay prototype) to the visitors attended the ceremony. With the demonstration of mobility tests such as side slope, spinning, acceleration, suspension, stabilization track and off-road driving capacity, it is shown to the audience that it shall be the most modern tank by the time the project is completed.