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South Korea to help Turkey build tanks

South Korea to help Turkey build tanks

South Korea will help Turkey build combat tanks. According to several media, after Germany refused to cooperate with Turkey on the Altay… 30.10.2022, Sputnik International

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BMC, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial and military vehicles, signed a contract with South Korean companies Doosan and S&T Dynamics to supply the engine and transmission they needed to assemble the Altay tank, a combat tank main modern Turkish. At the time, Turkey, as a member of NATO, used American M48 and M60 tanks, as well as German Leopard-1 and Leopard-2 tanks to meet its own military needs. But in the early 1990s, Ankara realized that the country needed its own battle tank, which would meet modern requirements. He announced an internal tender and Otokar was declared the winner. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM, Savunma Sanayii Mustesarligi) has signed a $400 million contract with the company to design Turkey’s first main battle tank, the Altay. The contract was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister at the time, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, representatives of the subcontracting companies and the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea. Seoul, represented by Hyundai Rotem, provided technical support for the project from the start. The future Turkish Altay MBT was based on the recently introduced Korean K2 Black Panther prototype. The contract provided for the complete transfer of K2 technology to the Turks. The stumbling block in the creation of Altay was the unity of power. At first the Turks wanted to take the German, but it didn’t work out. However, no domestic manufacturing units were created, so they had to use the Korean units. For testing, they brought the Hyundai Doosan DV27K turbo-diesel engine and EST15K transmission, all made by S&T Dynamics. . Defense industry expert Anil Sahin said in an interview with Sputnik that importing from South Korea was the only possible option for Turkey to build a tank while lacking its own skills. Alexei Leonkov, a Russian military expert, believes that Turkey has taken the optimal path, refining foreign weapons to suit its needs. The Russian expert noted separately that kyiv asks the Turks to be partners and allies. He tried to seduce them with the Yanychar tank, which was based on the Ukrainian-made T-64 tank. Originally, the Kharkov T-64 was an “advanced” tank, but technically very controversial and difficult to operate. . The Soviet army did not like the T-64 very much, therefore the reliable and “understandable” T-72 Ural was accepted “with flying colors”.

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South Korea will help Turkey build combat tanks. According to several media, after Germany refused to cooperate with Turkey on the Altay program, Ankara began to strengthen its cooperation with South Korea.

BMC, one of the largest manufacturers of commercial and military vehicles, signed a contract with South Korean companies Doosan and S&T Dynamics to supply the engine and transmission they needed to assemble the Altay tank, a combat tank main modern Turkish.

For a long time, Turkey, as a member of NATO, used American M48 and M60 tanks, as well as German Leopard-1 and Leopard-2 tanks to meet its own military needs. But in the early 1990s, Ankara realized that the country needed its own battle tank, which would meet modern requirements. He announced an internal tender and Otokar was declared the winner. Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM, Savunma Sanayii Mustesarligi) has signed a $400 million contract with the company to design Turkey’s first main battle tank, the Altay.

The contract was signed in the presence of then Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, representatives of contracting companies and the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea. Seoul, represented by Hyundai Rotem, provided technical support for the project from the start. The future Turkish Altay MBT was based on the recently introduced Korean K2 Black Panther prototype. The contract provided for the complete transfer of K2 technology to the Turks.

The Altay inherited around 60% of the technology from the K2. However, it has its own massive welded turret. The Altay gun is similar to the K2 gun (these guns are modeled after the German Rheinmetall Rh 120L/55), but does not have an autoloader. The Altay’s hull and turret protection are significantly stronger, and the hull itself is longer.

The stumbling block in the creation of Altay was the unity of power. At first the Turks wanted to take the German, but it didn’t work out. However, no domestic manufacturing units were created, so they had to use the Korean units. For testing, they brought the Hyundai Doosan DV27K turbo-diesel engine and EST15K transmission, all made by S&T Dynamics.

In September 2022, Ismail Demir, President of Turkish Defense Industries, confirmed that Turkey was testing Altay tanks equipped with Korean power units. Defense industry expert Anil Sahin said in an interview with Sputnik that importing from South Korea was the only possible option for Turkey to build a tank while lacking its own skills.

“If we talk about Turkey, Germany still does not supply it with power units. The latter has imposed an embargo. Since the Altay tanks are similar to the South Korean K2 Black Panther tanks, the power group of these tanks corresponds to the Altay tanks. And since Turkey is in dire need, the power unit was purchased from South Korea. The power unit is currently being integrated into the AItay… Until Turkey gets its own power unit, imports from South Korea are seen as the only way forward,” the expert noted.

Alexei Leonkov, a Russian military expert, believes Turkey has chosen the optimal path, refining foreign weapons to suit its needs.

“Turkey is following the same path it has followed with its combat aircraft, modifying the American F-16 to meet its own needs. The Turks have wanted to create their own national tank for a very long time, because their existing German Leopards were in danger of major maintenance problems because of the Berlin embargo. In addition, the German “wildcats” did not excel in the operations of Turkish troops in Syria against the Kurds. The Kurds learned to beat them , and Ankara did not want to lose its tank fleet, but realized that its “leopards” were obsolete and needed new combat vehicles.

The Russian expert noted separately that kyiv asks the Turks to be partners and allies. He tried to woo them with the Yanychar tank, which was based on the T-64 tank made in Ukraine.

“Ankara did not fall into this ‘trap’. Turkish specialists quickly realized that it was an old Soviet tank, albeit with an improved ‘charge’. At that time, the Yanychar did not had no time to participate in battles anywhere”, Alexei Leonkov noted.

Originally, the Kharkov T-64 was an “advanced” tank, but technically very controversial and difficult to operate. The Soviet army did not like the T-64 very much, therefore the reliable and “understandable” T-72 Ural was accepted “with flying colors”.

“Cooperation with Korea gives the Turks hope that they will have their own main battle tank. Yes, the power unit – engine and transmission – will be Korean, but the rest of the equipment the Turks will get otherwise or Fortunately, this same Aselsan company specializes in electronics, and the Altay tank will receive its own fire control system, as well as night firing devices, that is, the Turks have the opportunity to simplify the tank, but it will look much more advantageous than the South Korean “Black Panther”. Why? A tank overloaded with electronics requires a highly skilled team, capable of carrying out field repairs for all this electronics. And the Turks should have a machine designed for simple tank drivers, and this simplicity will play a positive role for Altai.



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