Nurettin Canikli, Turkish Minister of Defence, announced the manufacturing of new domestically developed tank ammunition.
Developed last year and qualified this year during extensive testing, Turkey has started production of indigenous 120 mm HE-T ammunition for tanks, Minister Canikli announced on his social media account, and emphasized that the system is profoundly effective at aiming and destroying targets protected by a trench.
The test firing of the tank ammunition, which is manufactured through the capabilities of the domestic industry, have been successfully completed and 3,000 new tank ammunition systems will be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) this year, after mass production operations are complete.
“With this new production project, the first of its kind in Turkey, the 120 mm HE-T tank ammunition which the Turkish army will be supplied by the local industry,” the minister said, adding that importing the tank ammunition systems poses certain difficulties.
The new HE-T tank ammunition will be entirely produced by domestic means and all parts will be indigenous. The 120 mm HE-T High Explosive Cartridge provides a devastatingly powerful high explosive warhead that greatly improves infantry support capability.
Considered to be an effective weapons system, tanks were previously deployed against armored targets during military operations. The Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) has so far mainly manufactured armor-piercing tank ammunition.
Turkey has almost completed the production of the 120 mm tank ammunition family with the development of the 120 mm HE-T ammunition. 155 mm artillery rounds called “Mod274” have been manufactured and delivered to Turkish Land Forces for the Fırtına and Panter/Yavuz howitzers. The HE-Mod274 shell has a range of over 40 kilometers. Turkey’s leading defense firm ROKETSAN developed technologies such as base bleeds, which increase the pressure at the base of the projectile through the combustion of the propellant grain. ROKETSAN’s Base Bleed Unit increases the maximum range by about 30 percent for 155 mm MOD 274 Extended Range Artillery Ammunition.