Turkey wants Germany to participate in Altay MBT production

23 February 2018

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has stated that he wants Germany to participate in the production of Turkey’s Altay main battle tank (MBT) as Berlin gives mixed signals about whether it will lift the freeze on arms exports to its fellow NATO member country.

In an interview with German news agency dpa on 18 February on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Yildirim said, “Such co-operation [on Altay production] with Germany will benefit both sides,” Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency reported. “In fact, Altay production will be more beneficial for Germany since the machines [to build the MBTs] come from Germany, important parts also come from Germany.

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