Turkey's Tumosan is developing and testing new diesel engine and automatic transmission systems such as the ALP Lightweight Tracked Vehicle Powerpack (LTVP) using internal research and development funding.
The ALP has been trialled aboard the FNSS Savunma Sistemleri Armoured Combat Vehicle 15 (ACV 15). Large numbers of these vehicles are in service with the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC) and designated the Turkish Infantry Fighting Vehicles (TIFVs).
Tumosan notes that the ALP LTVP could also be installed on BAE Systems' M113 series of tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs). M113 variants are still used by many countries, with the M113A3 powered by the ageing 275hp Detroit Diesel 6V-53T diesel coupled to the X200-4 cross drive transmission.
The company claims that the M113A3 would benefit from a significant increase in its power-to-weight ratio when the ALP LTVP is installed. The powerpack has been designed to be installed in new build or upgraded tracked AFVs with gross vehicle weight (GVW) of up to 18 tonnes.
"Within the scope of a modernisation project initiated by the Turkish SSB (Presidency of Defense Industries), a pilot integration is planned to be realised in 2020 followed by on-vehicle tested and qualification," Tumosan stated.
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