The news article that is in the second section of IDEF’19 Special Dossier published in the 71th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is now available on our website:
BMC came to IDEF’19 with a broad range of vehicles, and signed contracts with the main subcontractors that will take part in the serial production of ALTAY tank at a ceremony held on the second day of the event. BMC was showcasing a variety of its vehicles for the first time at its stand, including:
- ALTAY Main Battle Tank T1 Configuration;
- Tank Transporter;
- Battlefield Aircraft Fuel Tanker; and
- Container Transporter.
BMC was also presenting two different versions of VURAN and the AMAZON among its tactical wheeled vehicles; KİRPİ, KİRPİ II and KİRPİ II AMBULANCE including its mine resistant ambush-protected vehicles; TOMA; and the 5-ton capacity 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle with Armoured Cabin.
An Important Step in ALTAY’s Serial Production
Contracts between BMC, as the prime contractor, and ASELSAN, Roketsan, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK) and HAVELSAN, as the main subcontractors taking part in the ALTAY Serial Production Project, were signed with a ceremony held on the second day of the event. Attending the contract signing ceremony were Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries; Mustafa Şeker, Deputy President of Defence Industries; Ahmet Raci Yalçın, Head of the Land Vehicles Department at the Presidency for Defence Industries (SSB); Ethem Sancak, Chairman of the Board of BMC; Talip Öztürk, Member of the Board of BMC; Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, CEO and General Manager of ASELSAN; Mustafa Kaval, Vice President of ASELSAN; Mustafa Aysan, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Roketsan; Selçuk Yaşar, General Manager of Roketsan; Mehmet Ünal, Deputy Chairman of the Board and Deputy General Manager of MKEK; Prof. Dr. Haci Ali Mantar, Chairman of the Board of HAVELSAN; and Ahmet Hamdi Atalay, General Manager of HAVELSAN.
The main subcontractors taking part in the project will undertake the following tasks:
- ASELSAN: Production of several subsystems, including the Active Protection System, Fire Control System, Communication and Command Control Systems, SARP Remote Controlled Weapon System and Situational Awareness System
- Roketsan: Passive and Reactive Armour System
- MKEK: 120 mm L55 Main Weapon System
- HAVELSAN: Training Models and Simulators
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Demir said: “We will be carrying out a project featuring a team of many players that are the best in their fields, and in which the team will prove successful. In this project, while there is a team captain, everyone is responsible for doing the best in their own field. Hopefully, we will also conclude this project with great success.”
Ethem Sancak, Chairman of the Board of BMC, addressing the assembled group, said: “The ALTAY tank belongs to the SSB, to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), to the Turkish state and to the Turkish nation. This is a significant milestone in the investments of the Turkish nation into the defence sector. The SSB has assigned BMC with responsibility for the serial production of this tank. We were given this task in a competitive environment, and thankfully, serial production will now be conducted under the leadership of BMC, although this is not a project that BMC can do alone. As you can see, these distinguished organisations of the Turkish defence sector, that is to say, these eximious companies established by the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation many years ago, based on its foresightedness, have each become world’s leading brands, and now they are running between the battlefields around the world under the leadership of the SSB. This project is not only for the 250 tanks that we will make available to TAF. Almost 200 of our nation’s companies will take part in the programme, in addition to our strategic partners, and nearly 1,000 SMEs will be working as their subcontractors. In this process, around 100,000 people will be employed.”
BMC Brings New Capabilities to ALTAY
The most noteworthy of the vehicles being showcased by BMC for the first time at the event was the T1 Configuration of the ALTAY tank. Manufactured based on one of the previously completed prototypes, the ALTAY T1 Demonstrator has many additional features when compared to the first prototype.
These features, which increase substantially the vehicle’s self-protection capabilities, include:
- Enhanced reactive armour (ERA) packages attached to the sides of the hull;
- Turret top armour with increased protection level;
- Active Protection System Radars installed on four corners of the turret,
- Active Protection System Launchers located on the top of the turret;
- Expanded rear compartment in the turret;
- Cage armour attached to the hull and rear compartment of the turret to provide additional protection against anti-tank rockets; and
- Explosion suppression measures installed in the ammunition storage areas inside the hull.
BMC’s New 8×8 Tank Transporter Hauls ALTAY
The T1 version of the ALTAY tank was showcased on the Tank Transporter developed by BMC. BMC’s Tank Transporter has been developed based on the chassis of its 8×8 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle, and a trailer produced by Öztreyler.
The Tank Transporter can reach a top speed of 90 km/h, powered by a 640 HP, 6-cylinder diesel engine. The vehicle can climb slopes of up to 60 percent on its own, and up to 25 percent with the trailer attached, and can traverse side slopes of up to 30 percent. The four-axle vehicle provides traction to all eight wheels. The two axles at the front have a carrying capacity of 10,000 kg, whereas the rear axles have a carrying capacity of 15,000 kg. The unladen weight of the vehicle is 22,000 kg. The maximum mass of the loaded trailer is 120,000 kg. Designed considering the comfort of its crew, the vehicle features both air conditioning and heating systems as well as an independent cabin heater. The Tank Transporter can, with its two 35-ton capacity winches, pull and load onto the trailer a main battle tank with a failed engine.
We will also be providing news of the Container Transporter and the Battlefield Aircraft Fuel Tanker vehicles that have been developed based on the 6×6 Tactical Wheeled Vehicle, which were also being showcased by the company for the first time at the fair, in future sections of the Special Dossier that brings together in one place the highlights and developments taking place at IDEF’19.