BMC announced they even started to develop a 5,000 HP engine. In 2017, five Turkish companies replied to the government’s request for proposal concerning the programme aiming at developing a power pack for the Altay. This programme involves the design, development and production of hundreds of engines and transmission mechanisms for the tank. The Altay program involves an initial batch of 250 units, but the number of tanks Turkey could purchase will likely go up to 1,000 units.
As a reminder, the bidders were BMC, Figes, Istanbul Denizcilik, Tusas Engine Industries and Tumosan. The country’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, or SSM, selected BMC as the winner. BMC is a Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicles manufacturer.
In the Altay serial production race BMC will be competing with FNSS and Otokar, the maker of Altay’s prototypes. Procurement sources say the government’s final decision on the multibillion-dollar serial production contract will likely come later in 2018. Undersecretariat for Defense Industries says the engine program aims to end Turkey’s dependency on foreign power technology in the Altay program.