Turkish company Otokar, is developing a new main battle tank Altay, November 22, 2012 revealed some promising properties of the machine, reports Defense Aerospace. Until the end of this year the company must pass the Secretariat of the military industry (SSM) Turkey four tank layout, and mass production of the machine can start as early as 2015.
According to Otokar, Altay weighing 60 tons will develop a engine capacity of 1.5 thousand horsepower and hydropneumatic suspension. The crew vehicle will go four. Tank receive basic instrument 120mm with a barrel length of 55 calibres. Altay will be installed on a remote-controlled unit with stabilization and machine gun 12,7 and 7,62 mm.
The car will also be equipped with an auxiliary power unit, responsible for the production of energy for on-board systems including fire control and search and setting objectives, management information system and communication, life support system and the radial angle (visibility crew will be available to 360 degrees in the horizontal plane ).
Altay will be equipped with modular composite armor protivosnaryadnoy also chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense. In addition, he will receive a warning system for laser irradiation. Part of the designated features Otokar was known before. Its title was in honor of the tank army general Fahrettin Altay, who commanded the 5th Cavalry Corps during the war for the independence of Turkey’s 1919-1923.
Also Otokar participates in the project Aselsan, Roketsan and MKEK, creating electrical systems on board, armor and main gun, respectively. Initially, it was planned that the tank tests will begin in 2015, and serial deliveries — in 2016. But according to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of schedule creation Otokar Altay two years; tank tests will begin in 2013.