Otokar has developed a new version of its Altay main battle tank (MBT) that is optimised for urban operations.
The vehicle - called the Altay Asimetrik Harp Tanki (AHT), or Asymmetrical Warfare Tank - has been designed and built by a team of 20 over a five-month period using internal research and development funding.
It takes into account operations carried out by the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) where a number of Leopard 2A4 and upgraded M60 MBTs have been lost through enemy action.
A new armour package, which includes the latest generation explosive reactive armour (ERA) technology, provides a higher level of protection for the frontal arc of the hull and turret, while bar/slat armour protects the rear arc of the vehicle against high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) missile threats.
The vehicle is also equipped with a trio of 8x76 mm electrically operated grenade launchers. This comprises a roof mounted traversable launcher that is coupled to four laser warding devices to provide 360° coverage, as well as two fixed-forward launchers mounted on either side of the turret.
The commander is seated on the left and has been provided with a new telescopic mast mounted system called the Yamgoz, which outfitted with day/thermal cameras and a laser rangefinder.
The 120 mm L55 smoothbore gun and 7.62 mm co-axial machine gun (MG) has been retained but the roof mounted remote weapon station (RWS) armed with a stabilised .50 calibre M2 HB MG has now been moved from the middle of the turret to the front left towards the commander's position.
Day/thermal cameras offer 360° coverage with imagery displayed on flat panel displays at the crew stations for increased situational awareness.
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