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Philippines, Bangladesh interested in Kaplan MT

10 September 2018
Bangladesh and the Philippines have reportedly shown interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT, which recently passed qualifications tests with the Indonesian Army. Source: FNSS

The Philippines and Bangladesh have shown interest in acquiring the Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT), Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu Agency (AA) quoted Windu Paramata, the head of the MMWT project at Indonesia’s PT Pindad, as saying on 7 September.

Paramata said the two countries had expressed willingness to buy 40-50 units each. “In October, we will be demonstrating medium tanks there as a condition for the procurement of defence equipment in their countries,” he said, adding that the Indonesian defence ministry is also mulling to procure the Kaplan MT, but is still evaluating the number of units to be acquired.

The statement comes two days after the news agency had quoted Nail Kurt, the general manager of Turkey’s FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (FNSS), as saying that the tank, which was developed by FNSS and PT Pindad, is now ready for mass production after having passed qualifications tests with the Indonesian Army.

The tank successfully underwent almost three months of trials designed to test its durability and lethality, Kurt told the media outlet at the time.

As Jane’ s previously reported, the MMWT programme is supported by an inter-government agreement between Indonesia and Turkey that was signed in November 2014. Work on the project started shortly after, with two prototypes and one hull for mine testing being produced by 2017. FNSS unveiled the first MMWT prototype at the IDEF exhibition in Turkey in May 2017.

Intended to provide direct fire and tactical mobility to the Indonesian forces, the rear-engined Kaplan MT has been designed to meet the TNI-AD’s requirement for a medium-weight tank and is set to replace the service’s depleted fleets of French-made AMX-13 light tanks, which originally numbered more than 300.

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