It was stated that BMC, the main contractor in the Altay tank mass production project, has reached an agreement with two Korean companies to work on the power package of the Altay tank. As announced by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the declaration of intent regarding the supply of Altay Tank engine was signed by the Korean interlocutors. Minister Çavuşoğlu emphasized an important partner for Korea in his statement. Minister Çavuşoğlu stated,
“We are an important partner in the South Korean defense industry. Kang Eun-ho, the Minister responsible for the Defense Procurement Program (DAPA), said that he signed the declaration of intent on the supply of Altai Tank engines today. It is an important step in the context of the project.” made statements.
#South Korea We are an important partner in the defense industry. Kang Eun-ho, the Minister responsible for the Defense Procurement Program (DAPA), said that he signed the declaration of intent on the supply of Altai Tank engines today. An important step in the context of the project. 🇹🇷🇰🇷 pic.twitter.com/CNJ8qY8Eii
- Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) October 22, 2021
A senior official from BMC said that the company signed an agreement with Doosan and S&T Dynamics to supply Altay's engine and transmission mechanism. “These agreements are the result of a strategic understanding between our companies and our countries,” the official said.
Until South Korea developed the K2 Black Panther tank with a local power package, it first started production with the engine of the German MTU company and the transmission of the RENK company. However, the regulations regarding the power package were loosened due to the failure of the local engine and transmission to provide sufficient performance (life and durability) from development work. Later, the way was opened for the use of the local engine in the K2 Black Panther tank. However, the German company RENK continues to be used as a supplier for the transmission.
It is a possible scenario that Turkey loosened the hysteria due to the tightening of the schedule (delayed to a great extent) regarding the production of the Altay tank.
Defense Industry President İsmail Demir had recently stated that the power pack from an alternative country for the Altay tank would be brought to Turkey and the tests would begin soon.
In the Altay tank development project, 10 thousand km of tests were carried out in mobility tests. In total, 26 thousand km of test was carried out. Therefore, the tests to be carried out with the new power pack may take a long time.