Daily Archives: February 5, 2016

Finland approves MLRS missile purchase

According to IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

05 February 2016

Finland has decided to purchase new missiles for its Lockheed Martin M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS). Source: Finnish Defence Forces

Finland has decided to purchase new missiles for its 22 Lockheed Martin M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs), the Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 February.

Valued at EUR70 million (USD78.4 million) by the MoD, the sale includes both M31A1 Unitary Missiles and M30A1 Alternative Warhead Missiles. Based on a US export approval notification from November 2015, 90 M31A1 and 150 M30A1 missiles will be purchased.

The purchase was approved on 4 February by Finnish defence secretary Jussi Niinistö and the Finnish finance committee. Deliveries are expected to start this year and be completed in 2018.


The combat-proven multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) is a rocket artillery system manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. The system is operational in the US Army, while fourteen countries have fielded or ordered MLRS: Bahrain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and United Kingdom. The system has also been built in Europe by an international consortium of companies from France, Germany, Italy and the UK. (army-technology.com)

M31A1 missileM31A1 Unitary Missiles and M30A1 Alternative Warhead Missiles





CMN Combattante FS 46 – France

After the Fighting FS56, unveiled in 2012 and will soon record a first order, CMN unveiled a compact version, the Fighting FS46. This new model of missile patrol is designed for naval combat as surveillance and protection missions of the exclusive economic zone.

Fighting FS46 (© CMN)

Long of 46 meters and a width of 7.45 meters and a draft of 4.2 meters, the new FS46 Fighting resumes lines tested at sea, namely those of Fighting II, sold dozens of copies world by CMN. Based on a steel hull and aluminum superstructure in benefiting from technical advances in the meantime, the new generation of Fighting is, like its predecessors, capable of offensive raids at high speed. With the particularity of having three rows of trees, entrained by as many diesel engines, the Fighting FS46 can exceed 35 knots, autonomy side, cross 2000 miles at 15 knots.

A heavily armed platform

Armaments, the FS46, although less equipped than its big sister the FS56 type longer than 10 meters, no remains very powerful. It can thus implement four anti-ship missiles Exocet MM40 Block3 and two 40mm cannons and two remotely operated carriages 20 to 30mm on the superstructure, providing a threshing field to 360 degrees. An asset complemented by the panoramic view offered by the gateway to provide architecture and self-defense means adapted to asymmetric threats, especially during missions in coastal areas. Note that the rear turret of 40mm can be replaced by a surface-to-air system at very short range Simbad-RC, the fully automatic version of Sinbad MBDA Mistral missiles with two ready to use (range of 6,000 meters). Self-defense may be supplemented with two decoy launchers range Sylena developed by Lacroix, installed in front of the gateway. In addition to its radar surveillance and conduct of shooting, Fighting FS46 can implement electronic warfare and thus participate in intelligence missions. All sensors and armaments can be managed by a Tacticos combat system (Thales) or mission management system LYNCEA kind. The communication means of the building, which is also equipped with tactical data links, allow it to evolve into a naval force.

Armed with a crew of 24 sailors, the Fighting FS46 can deploy a semi-rigid boat of 5.25 meters.

Typical Mission Systems

One Mission Management System with Data Link
> One Surveillance Radar
> One Primary Gun: 40MM
> One Electro-optical fire control system
> One Surface to Surface Missile System (4 missiles)
> One Short Range Air Defence Missile System or one secondary Gun (up to 40 mm)
> Two remote controlled side guns (up to 30 mm)
> One Decoy Launching System
> One Integrated Naval communication system
> One Integrated Navigation System

A clearly identified market

CMN obviously does not spell this new model by chance, the Cherbourg shipyard that identified a specific market. In general, it aims naval forces wishing to equip multipurpose buildings, including a significant armament and presenting at the same time sufficiently reduced operating costs to fill every day of sea state action missions . competant its range patrol missile launcher with a more competitive unit, CMN also decided to develop this new Fighting to meet the renewal requirements of buildings Fighting Type II, built in the 70s and who arrive late life. While about 90 units of the Fighting Family have been sold worldwide, C2 were built 20 copies for Germany (1972 – 1975), 12 for Iran (1976 – 1978), 10 for Libya (1982 – 1983), four in Greece (1971 – 1972) and four for Malaysia (1972 – 1973). Apart from these patrols, it has made, the Norman builder also looks closely at corvettes renewal market Nanuchka type and Osa patrol the kind sold in many countries around the time of the Soviet Union, including India, Egypt, Libya and Algeria. Many previously inaccessible markets as preserve Moscow and CMN now look carefully. Translated by google

Fighting FS46 (© CMN)

Source: meretmarine.com


Exocet MM40 Block3 

Eour anti-ship missiles Exocet MM40 Block3 

The FS 46 provides an heavy fire power for a 46 m ship:
– one 40 mm main gun at the front,
– two remote controlled side guns (20 or 30 mm) for the treatment of asymmetric threats provides a 360° protection,
– four MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles.

Bofors 40 Mk4 BAE Systems 40mm naval gun system


Bofors 40 Mk4 BAE Systems 40mm naval gun system (Example)

In military combat, the gun is a vital part of a ship’s self-defense against hostile surface vessels, attack aircraft, anti-ship missiles and shore targets. In the littoral scenario, the gun must be able to engage threats that are impossible to address with conventional gun systems.

Survivability in such an environment requires an extremely flexible weapon system. The low weight and compact Bofors 40 Mk4 gun system with its high rate of fire and ability to switch between optimized ammunition types – including the intelligent 40mm 3P all-target ammunition – provides high survivability and tactical freedom at all levels of conflict.

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Source baesystems.com

Nexter Systems NARWHAL 30mm remote-controlled naval gun

Nexter Systems NARWHAL 30mm remote-controlled naval gun mount

The Combattante FS 46 also has two SYLENA-type decoy launchers in front of 360° panoramic bridge.

SYLENA-type decoy launchers


Sylena Light Weight [LW]

Employing a centroid seduction tactic, SYLENA LW was designed for the most modern patrol boats and OPVs. This DLS can be integrated into the CMS, directly coupled with the ESM, or even used in stand-alone configuration. Source lacroix-defense.com

Modularity has been particularly studied so Combattante FS 46 can receive a short range air defence missile system SIMBAD RC-type instead of the 40 mm cannon on the back of the ship.

SIMBAD RC-type short range air defence missile system

SIMBAD RC MISTRAL missile (Example)

SIMBAD-RC is a short-range, anti-air self defence system deploying two fire-and-forget MISTRAL missiles. It has been designed to provide a primary self defence capability on all warships or to complement the main air defences of first rank warships.

Featuring an automatic launcher remotely controlled from an interior terminal, SIMBAD-RC is ideally suited for ships with low crew numbers and for modern ship design requirements, particularly those relating to stealth and very fast craft concepts.

SIMBAD-RC provides an extremely effective defence capability against all threats including anti-ship missiles, combat aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, as well as small surface threats such as those presented by FIACs.

Depending on ship size and/or crew requirements, SIMBAD-RC offers a range of turret/SMU-RC configurations and system integration schemes. Being entirely operated by one interior-located operator, the SIMBAD-RC system offers high avaibility in all weather and sea conditions.

System characteristics
• Weight: 480 kg
• Bearing: +/- 160° • Elevation: -30° + 55
Missile characteristics
• Weight: 19.7 kg
• Length: 1.86 m
• Diameter: 90 mm
• Maximum speed: Mach 2.5

Source mbda-systems.com

In terms of combat system, the modularity of the Combattante FS 46 allows to integrate a TACTICOS-type CMS or to be equipped with a LYNCEA-type management system mission. To this is added one Mission Management System with Data Link. Source navyrecognition.com

Main Characteristics

Length at waterline : 46.00 m
> Beam Overall : 7.45 m
> Depth : 4.2 m
> Maximum speed : +35 Knots
> Range at 15 Kts : 2000 NM
> Crew : 24
> Fuel : 63 m3
> Fresh water : 6.4 m3
> Hull : Steel
> Superstructure : Aluminium
> Classification : BUREAU VERITAS

Main Equipment & Auxiliaries

Two main generating sets
> One emergency generating set
> Three high speed diesel engines
> Three Fixed Pitch Propellers (FPP)
> One 5.25m RHIB

Source cmn-group.com

Pentagon: Multi-Billion Investment in Tomahawks and SM-6

Feb 05, 2016 00:20 UTC by Defense Industry Daily staff

The Pentagon is to invest in the development of Tomahawk and SM-6 missiles which will be capable of hitting moving vessels. $2 billion has been requested for the purchase of 4,000 Tomahawk missiles with manufacturer Raytheon. Raytheon has invested in a multi-modal seeker that would allow the missiles to hit moving targets so that missiles may be adapted from land missiles into anti-ship missiles. A further $2.9 billion will also be made available for the purchase of 650 SM-6 interceptors as well, to advance them to become anti-ship missiles for the first time. This will allow the SM-6 to operate in an offensive capability instead of operating solely as an anti-ballistic weapon.


Raytheon Standard Missile 6

According to USNI article 

SECDEF Carter Confirms Navy Developing Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile for Cruisers, Destroyers

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed the Navy was developing a modification to the Raytheon Standard Missile 6 that will give the service a supersonic anti-ship weapon to reach a target more than 200 nautical miles away.

“We are going to create a brand-new capability,” Carter told reporters in San Diego on Wednesday. “We’re modifying the SM-6 so that in addition to missile defense, it can also target enemy ships at sea at very long ranges.”

With a top speed of Mach 3.5, the SM-6 will extend the lethal range of the CRUDES force well beyond the reach of the current Boeing RGM-84 Harpoon anti-surface missile – first introduced in the late 1970s.

The modified SM-6 – part of a $2.9 billion missile buy over the next five years — will be the largest new anti-ship capability in decades onboard the service’s fleet of guided missiles and cruisers and indicative of the Navy’s push to load its ships with more offensive firepower – codified in the “distributed lethality” philosophy pushed forward by service surface leaders in 2015.

As the Navy orients the cruiser and destroyer force to take on higher end adversaries — like China and Russia — the emphasis will be how to maximize the use of the difficult-to-reload vertical launch system cells of the CRUDES force.

“The big difference we can talk about is that it adds a GPS capability,” Raytheon said.

The SM-6 is designed to take out aircraft and cruise missile — and in limited scenarios ballistic missiles — which requires a smaller warhead class than the 500-pound class warhead found on the current Harpoons. It’s unclear if the missile will need warhead modifications.

Another lingering question is if the anti-surface mode of the SM-6 will be a networked weapon like the anti-air warfare mode in the Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter-Air (NIFC-CA) concept.

NIFC-CA can combine the targeting data from a Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye and send targeting information to a SM-6 to intercept an air target beyond the range of the cruiser or destroyer firing the weapon.

“Does that mean an E-2 can guide a SM-6 to a bunch of swarming surface craft at long distances?” asked Wertheim.

Read full article: HERE 


RIM-174 Standard ERAM

The RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile(ERAM), or Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) is a missile in current production for the United States Navy. It was designed for extended range anti-air warfare (ER-AAW) purposes providing capability against fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and anti-ship cruise missiles in flight, both over sea and land. The missile uses the airframe of the earlier SM-2ER Block IV (RIM-156A) missile, adding the active radar homing seeker from the AIM-120C AMRAAM in place of the semi-active seeker of the previous design. This will improve the capability of the Standard missile against highly agile targets, and targets beyond the effective range of the launching vessels’ target illumination radars. Initial operating capability was planned for 2013 and has been successfully achieved on November 27, 2013.The SM-6 is not meant to replace the SM-2 series of missiles, alongside which it will serve, but does give extended range and increased firepower. Source wikiwand.com


SM-6 is a key component in the U.S. Navy’s Naval Integrated Fire Control – Counter Air (NIFC-CA), providing the surface Navy with an increased battlespace against over-the-horizon anti-air warfare threats.

The system’s operational modes include semi-active homing and active homing to provide highly accurate target engagement.

Vertically launched from a MK 41 VLS canister, SM-6 is compatible with existing AEGIS cruisers and destroyers and future cruisers and destroyers. Source raytheon.com

Altay main battle tank (MBT)

Altay is the third generation+ main battle tank (MBT) of the Republic of Turkey and is being indigenously developed under the Milli Tank Üretim Projesi ALTAY (MITÜP ALTAY) programme (Altay National Tank Project). Altay will be the first national MBT developed for the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC).


The Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project began in 2005. In September 2010 the conceptual design phase of Altay was completed. The tank is currently in the detailed design phase which is planned to take about 30 months. The first prototype is expected to be ready by 2015.

Turkey intends to build 250 MITÜP Altay MBTs initially, and ultimately produce 1,000 new tanks in four separate lots of 250 units. Altay will incorporate the most modern features of a tank. The Turkish MBT will have a crew of four – driver, gunner, loader and the commander.

Altay main battle tank development

The Undersecreteriat for Defense Industries (SSM) embarked on the National Tank project to improve the technical capabilities of Turkish defence and to increase the domestic contribution towards national defence.

The tank is named after the Army General Fahrettin Altay, who commanded the V Cavalry Corps during the Turkish War of Independence. Development of the Altay tank will be completed in three phases.


The Defence Industrial Executive Committee (SSIK), the Turkey’s defence industrial procurement decision-making body, selected the contractor Otokar in March 2007, through a competition.

The $500m contract includes design, development and integration of Altay and qualification of the tank through prototypes and testing.

South Korean K2 Black Panther

South Korean K2 Black Panther

Work on the Altay project began in August 2008 at the Otokar factory and is projected for completion in 2016. Otokar will develop four prototypes for testing. Altay will use the technology systems developed for the South Korean K2 MBT by Hyundai Rotem. Serial production will begin after successful testing of the prototypes. Turkey will own the design and intellectual property rights.

Altay main battle tank design and features


A 3D image of Altay was revealed to the public in August 2010.

The tank will have a conventional layout. The power pack will be in the rear, driver seating in the front and fighting compartment in the middle. The loader will be on the left side of the turret, while the commander will sit on the right side of the turret. The gunner will sit on the same side as the commander but in a more forward and lower position.


Altay will have the stronger chassis characteristics of the K2 Black Panther MBT. It will have a re-designed Turkish turret and heavier armour than the K2. It will also have seven tracked wheels and a longer hull. A decision on the suspension system and other systems has yet to be finalised.

Fire control

The tank will use an advanced computerised Volkan-III modular (or National Cannon Fire Control System For Naval Platforms (TAKS)) fire-control system (FCS). It is being developed by Aselsan, which has partnered with STM, the software division of SSM, for developing the command, control and information systems.


120-mm / L55 smoothbore gun

120-mm / L55 smoothbore gun

Rheinmetall has developed a new 120 mm smoothbore gun with a calibre length of 55 (L55) which is a direct replacement for the current 120 mm smoothbore gun with a calibre length of 44 (L44) which is standard on all production Leopard 2 series MBTs.

This 120 mm L55 barrel is 1.30 m longer than the current barrel and this leads to a significant increase in muzzle velocity, especially with the latest APFSDS-T rounds which have more propellant and new penetrators.


The geometry of the chamber and the pressure limits are defined in the quadrilateral Interface Control Document (ICD) for the 120 mm tank main armament systems.

In accordance with the ICD, the Rheinmetall 120 mm L55 has the identical chamber geometry as the current fielded L44 barrel and complies with the pressure limits. This means that all current 120 mm projectiles can be fired from the new 120 mm L55 barrel.

In order to minimise the extent of the changes, the interface measurements of the 120 mm L55 to the breech and of the current 120 mm L44 to the cradle are unchanged. The weapon is fitted with a thermal sleeve, fume extractor and muzzle reference system.

_MG_0697_zpsies16rla120 mm/L55 Fume extractor

According to Rheinmetall, two further improvements are possible with the latest 120 mm L55 barrel. First the breech could be made from the same steel as the barrel and this would increase the pressure load of the gun by 500 bar compared with the current L44 weapon.

Second, the design of the 120 mm L55 barrel permits a higher pressure load over a longer range of the barrel than is known from the fielded L44 barrel. So the new L55 barrel is prepared for future interior ballistics which are expected to show a wider maximum pressure instead of the now usual pressure peak.

During the extensive trials programme with prototype 120 mm L55 weapons, the hit accuracy was tested with existing ammunition as well as with the latest kinetic energy types such as the DM43A1 and the DM53. The results show the same dispersion characteristics as the current 120 mm L44. Trials have shown that the lengthening of the barrel results in an increase of muzzle energy of about 14 per cent when compared with the latest field APFSDS round.

It is expected that Germany and Netherlands will be the first countries to refit at least part of their current Leopard 2 fleet with the new L55 barrel. Source army-guide.com

_MG_0696_zpsyvayn5wt120-mm / L55 smoothbore gun

120mm HE DM 11 Tank Ammunition

Rheinmetall developed its 120mm x 570 DM11 cartridge on behalf of the German MoD. From the technical standpoint, it is characterised first and foremost by the programmability of the chambered round and by its airburst capability. The necessary system modifications (programmability) can be retrofitted into any modern MBT with a 120mm smoothbore gun.

Modular in design, the DM11 consists of warhead with a programmable fuse as well as a ballistic cowl, tailfin assembly, drive band, combustible casing with propelling charge, and a newly designed case base containing the primer and an integrated data cable for programming.

The DM11 is designed for engaging lightly armoured targets such as vehicles, antitank positions (whether dug-in or in the open), field fortifications, double reinforced concrete walls as well as earth and timber bunkers . Furthermore, thanks to its high precision and maximum effective range of up to five kilometres, it can be used for penetrating barriers and engaging targets taking cover behind walls, etc., as well as for breeching enemy defences and creating avenues of approach for friendly forces in built-up areas. Source miltechmag.com

120mm KE DM63 / DM53 A1 Tank Ammunition


DM53 120mm KE Projectile (Rheinmetall)

The DM53 round was designed to maximize the performance of KE projectiles fired from 120mm smoothbore guns such as the L44 (15% improvement) or L55 (30% improvement in muzzle energy). The DM53 is in service with the German, Swiss and Netherlands Armies. The complete round weighs 21.4kg, the projectile (with sabot) weighs 8.35kg and propellant: 8.9kg. The projectile’s length is 745mm, and with chamner pressure of 5,450 generated during firing, the muzzle velocity is 1,750 m/sec (L55 barrel) and 1,670 m/sec. (L44 barrel). The DM53 has been optimized to lass than 0.2 mil accuracy.

DM 53-A1 is an advanced version of the DM 53. Currently being supplied in series to the armed forces of Germany, Austria and Turkey as the DM 63. DM53-A1 was selected by the armed forces of Finland and Denmark.

DM63 KE Cartridge (Rheinmetall)

The DM63 round is based on the DM53, with modified propulsion-based Temperature Independent Propulsion System (TIPS) utilizing the SCDB technology. The new type uses 8.45 kg of pure bulk powder to achieve nearly the same muzzle velocity of the DM53 (1,650 m./sec on L44 barrel). The propellant modifications aimed at improving the accuracy through a wide operational temperatures (-46 +63C) ensuring safe operation extreme climate zones, and minimizing the erosion of the barrel. Source defense-update.com

120mm PELE Tank Ammunition


PELE technology makes it possible to produce fully inert projectiles. The new technology modifies the projectile performance characteristics, significantly enhancing the accuracy of tank and artillery fire, while substantially reducing the risk of collateral damage. Non-explosive PELE ammunition consists of a high-density casing containing a core made of low-density, low-compressibility material. Upon impact with the target, the low-density material inside the shell is compressed to such an extent that the casing bursts, generating numerous fragments that are propelled in the direction of fire. This way, the round’s lethal impact is restricted to a defined space or limited area, reducing the likelihood of collateral damage. PELE and ALP make it possible to manufacture warheads containing little or no explosive. Moreover, existing ammunition can be inexpensively retrofitted with PELE and ALP technology. Both technologies can be integrated in full- and sub-caliber rounds, and fired from current and future weapon systems.

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In August 2006 Rheinmetall Defense acquired the industrial property and trademark rights of PELE and ALP. According to Rheinmetall, the company plans to market them in conjunction with ammunition procurement and upgrade programs both at home and abroad. Concurrently, negotiations are underway with Diehl BGT Defence GmbH & Co. KG of Überlingen, Germany to acquire licenses in various special caliber segments. Source defense-update.com


Altay will be equipped with a 120mm L/55 smoothbore gun. It will be fitted with a muzzle reference system, a thermal sleeve and fume extractor. The ammunition will be stowed in the turret bustle with blow out panels on the roof. The tank will also have a 7.62mm machine gun mounted in coaxial to the right of the main armament. A 12.7mm heavy machine gun will be mounted on the right of the turret for commander operation.

A 12.7mm heavy machine gun

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The front side of the tank will have special modular reactive composite armour protection. The tank will be designed to resist chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) attacks.

Both the gunner and the commander will be provided with stabilised day/thermal sights. They are expected to be incorporated with a laser range-finder having hunter-killer capability.

Aselsan “Active Protection System,” also known as AKKOR


Turkish military electronics giant Aselsan has unveiled a new active protection system, dubbed AKKOR (short for Aktif Koruma) at the IDEF’15 international defense fair in Istanbul. The system is intended primarily to provide Turkey’s indigenous Altay tanks with a hard-kill self defense capability, but it can also be used aboard AIFVs, APCs and other armored vehicles.

AKKOR features an impressive reaction time of only 1/15th of a second, allowing it to effectively defend the host platform against rockets and missiles fired from a distance as close as 50 meters (164 feet). It consists of three main components: a central processing unit that functions as the brain of the whole system, four M-band radar sensors and, typically, two projectile launchers capable of firing four smart interceptors. Each radar sensor continuously scans a 100-degree arc, creating a full 360 degree detection capability with some overlap. AKKOR’s radar plates, in their current configuration, can detect incoming threats with an elevation of up to 75 degrees, but vehicles can be integrated with an additional sensor on the roof as well for protection against top-attack missiles such as the Javelin.


What sets AKKOR apart from its competition is its smart interceptor. Most other hard-kill active protection systems detect an incoming threat, calculate its trajectory, find out when it will arrive at a certain point in space, and then fire a bunch of projectiles, typically steel balls (like a shotgun pellets), toward that general direction hoping that at least one of the steel balls will hit the threat and destroy it before it can make contact with the host platform. This technique, while simple and efficient, doesn’t protect against the newer generation, variable-velocity rockets and missiles that are designed to trick an active protection system into firing too early or too late, and consequently missing.

AKKOR, on the other hand, goes one step further. First, just like a legacy active protection system, it detects a threat, calculates its trajectory and aims towards a point in its path to intercept it — within a deviation allowance of less than 1 degree. Then, instead of firing a swarm of steel balls like its competition, AKKOR launches a single smart interceptor with its own on-board sensor, jointly developed by TUBITAK SAGE, and a high explosive warhead. Once activated, the interceptor continuously measures the distance between itself and the incoming threat during its short flight, detonates the high explosive warhead when it determines that it’s closest to the threat and effectively destroys it, all within the span of about one to two seconds. This method ensures the highest hit probability and effectiveness against both older and the newest generation anti-tank rockets and missiles.

“We’ve begun AKKOR’s development back in 2008 and successfully demonstrated the core technology behind it in a prototype back in 2010.” an Aselsan engineer explained at IDEF’15. “At the time, AKKOR proved effective against a HAR-55 projectile, also known as the M72 LAW.”

Aselsan aims to finish the development of the AKKOR system in time to field it aboard Turkey’s Altay main battle tanks and other armored vehicles. A lighter version, dubbed AKKOR Lite, and a naval version, AKKOR Naval, are being designed for use aboard lighter vehicles and by the navy respectively.

Aselsan hopes to sign a contract in the second half of 2015 with Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, the SSM, for further field tests. Serial production is expected to start in 2017 so that the system be can made available for the country’s first batch of 250 Altay main battle tanks. Source trdefence.com



BATU engine developed by BMC Power

MTU 883 diesel


Engine model   MT 883 Ka-500
Rated power max. kW (bhp) 1100 ()
Speed max. rpm 2700
Dimensions and masses
Length (L) mm (in) 1488 (58,6)
Width (W) mm (in) 972 (38,3)
Height (H) mm (in) 742 (29,2)
Mass (dry) kg (lbs) 1800 (3968)
Engine main data
Bore/Stroke mm (in) 144/140 (5,7/5,5)
Cylinder displacement l 2,28
Displacement, total l (cu in) 27,4 (1672)

Source mtu-online.com

The first two batches of Altay tanks will be powered by MTU Friedrichshafen 1,500hp (1,100kW) diesel engines. The engine will be coupled to a Renk transmission. An indigenous 1,800hp (1,300kW) engine is currently under development in Turkey and will be used in the last two batches of the tank. The tank will have a maximum speed of 70km/h and manoeuvrability at depths of 4.1m in water.



Koç Group company Otokar is the main contractor for the Altay MBT development programme. The technology systems transfer licensing will be provided by Hyundai Rotem, which will also offer technical support and assistance in the tank development.

Aselsan will be responsible for the sub-systems and fire control system. The state-owned ammunition producer Makine ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKE) will produce the main gun system, while Roketsan will develop and produce the armour package. The subcontractors will be responsible for integration of the respective equipment in the tank in cooperation with Otokar.

altay_main_battle_tank_otokar_turkey_turkish_army_defence_industry_military_technology_line_drawing_blueprint_001Image: armyrecognition.com
Country of origin Turkey
Entered service Expected in 2016
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 55 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 10 m
Hull length ~ 7.7 m
Width ~ 3.6 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Main gun 120 mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm, 2 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ~ 40 rounds
Machine guns ?
Engine MTU 883 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2.8 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 4.1 m

Technical data military-today.com

Main material source army-technology.com

Images are from public domain unless otherwise stated

Updated Jan 23, 2017