Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced a new tender for indigenous development of Altay Main Battle Tank powerpack.
SSM determined the tender subject as “to remove the foreign dependency regarding ALTAY Tank’s powerpack and to develop a powerpack which is not subject to the export license, using the current possibilities and capabilities of our country’s industry to meet the powerpack need for ALTAY Tank with domestic and national sources.” The foreign partner contribution previously stipulated for the contender companies is no longer mandatory. The offers should be recieved at December 22.
Previously, the power pack development project undertaken by TÜMOSAN failed.
Another highlight for mass production of the ALTAY tank is the competition of BMC, OTOKAR and FNSS companies. Undersecretary İsmail Demir stated in September that there was no engine problem for ALTAY tank during the mass production phase and that the domestic development project was a separate phase.