The program production (MITUP) Turkish government tanks moving forward. The Minister of National Defence Vecdi Gonul (Vecdi Gönül) on April 30 announced that ace standard Altay, Turkey's first state of the tank will be demonstrated at the international military exhibition, which will open in Istanbul on May 10.
With all of this on the technical properties and termination dates of the development of the tank minister is not told. According to him, the first Turkish tank will better equip in comparison with all the other tanks that are currently being used by Turkish military. A total number of tanks Altay, to be produced determine in accordance with the needs.
In Turkey, the currently operated by the German Leopard tanks 1A and 2A, as ex-US M60 and the former West German M48.
New Turkish tank Altay was developed by South Korean company Hyundai Rotem cars with the Turkish company Otokar. In the competition for the right to become a foreign subcontractor under the contract Rotem beat KMW of Germany. Treaty means the complete transfer of technology to a new main battle tank South Korean K-2 Black Panther.
In a brand new tank Altay technologies used in the South Korean K-2 will be about 60 percent. Price Atlay project is estimated at $ 500 million. Plans predusmarivaetsya Lock and 4 of prototypes by 2015.