Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT
22 November 2021
by Kerry Herschelman
Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )
Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.
Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), recalled that Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) said that Altay deliveries to the army would begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with Turkish-Qatari joint venture BMC.
Since then, the delivery dates have been continually changed and there is still no tank, they complained.
They also repeated CHP's long-standing criticism of the transfer of the right to operate Turkey's national tank and pallet factory to BMC for 25 years.
The Altay is to be produced at the factory in Sakarya in the Marmara region, where Fırtına self-propelled howitzers are produced and which conducts military equipment maintenance.
Armenian and Azerbaijan clash again in Nagorno-Karabakh
19 November 2021
by Nicholas Fiorenza
The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 18 November accused Armenia of violating a 16 November truce following clashes between the two South Caucasus countries in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier the same day. The ministry said on its website that the Armenian Armed Forces had twice fired at Azerbaijani Army positions in the Tovuz region on 17–18 November, claiming to have silenced the attacks with return fire.
An Armenian MoD tweet on 18 November accused the Azerbaijanis of opening fire but reported the situation had stabilised after the Armenians retaliated. The situation continued to be stable on 19 November, according to another Armenian MoD tweet.
Russia moves equipment to Crimea, continues to activate other units
18 November 2021
by Thomas Bullock
Russia has deployed elements of at least three units to Crimea since 12 November. They are equipped with armoured personnel carriers (APCs), self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), anti-aircraft missile systems, and main battle tanks (MBTs).
Analysing footage posted on social media of military equipment being moved by train,
has identified the deployment of at least a battalion tactical group of the 49th Combined Arms Army's 34th Motorised Brigade (Mountain) equipped with MT-LB APCs and 2S1 Gvozdika SPHs and, what are likely to be, a battalion-sized element of Buk-M2 believed to belong to the 90th Air Defence Brigade and of T-72 MBTs from the 58th Combined Arms Army's 42nd Motorised Division to railway stations in Crimea. All three units are not normally stationed in Crimea and do not often exercise on the peninsula.
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