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IDEF 2017: Otokar kits up Altay MBT for urban operations

11 May 2017

Otokar has developed a new version of its Altay main battle tank (MBT) that is optimised for urban operations.

Otokar's latest Altay MBT optimised for urban operations and clearly showing the additional armour protection over the frontal arc, repositioned roof-mounted RWS and front-mounted dozer blade. (Christopher F Foss)Otokar's latest Altay MBT optimised for urban operations and clearly showing the additional armour protection over the frontal arc, repositioned roof-mounted RWS and front-mounted dozer blade. (Christopher F Foss)

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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