Operator: Turkey
Status: On Order
Number: 250
Cost: $5.5 million per tank
Acquired: 2015
General Specs
Country of origin: Turkey and South Korea (Based on K2 Black Panthar)
Manufacturer: Otokar
Introduced: Expected 2015
Combat Weight: 72.8 tons
Length: 32.8 ft (10 m)
Width: 11.8 ft (3.6 m)
Height: 8.2 ft (2.5 m)
Range: 310.7 miles (500 km)
Engine: MTU 883 turbocharged diesel (1,500 hp)
Road Speed: 43.5 mph (70 km/h)
Offroad Speed:
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
Armor Modular reactive composite armor
NBC Protection Yes
Night vision Day/thermal sights
Laser detection
Main Armament 120mm L55 smoothbore gun
Secondary Armament 1 x 7.62mm coaxial machine gun
1 x 12.7mm roof mounted machine gun
Radar/Sensors: Volkan-III modular fire control
Countermeasures/Defenses: 8 x Smoke grenade dischargers
Misc Systems: Laser range-finder



Koç Holding’s Otokar Submits Offer to Mass Produce Turkish Indigenous Battle Tank Altay

Koç Holding’s defense company, Otokar, which developed the Altay main battle tank, announced it submitted its final offer to the Undersecretary of the Defense Industry (SSM) to start mass production of the vehicle, in a written statement on Aug. 29. “Following our initial offer in January, we submitted our final offer early today upon the […]


Turkish Tank Sees Pakistani, Saudi Interest

A number of countries Turkey views as “allies” are interested in buying what will become Turkey’s first indigenous new generation main battle tank, the Altay, the top procurement official has said. Ismail Demir, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) said during a presentation in parliament that including Pakistan and the Gulf countries with […]


Turkey’s First Domestic Tank Sees Big Regional Demand

Altay, Turkey’s first domestic tank in the making, has received much interest from the country’s allies, said Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) head İsmail Demir said Jan. 7 during a presentation at parliament. “Including Pakistan and the Gulf countries, we can say that countries that we have good relations with are showing a large interest […]


Austrian Know-how for Turkish Tank Engine

A Turkish company commissioned to develop an engine for the country’s future tank has signed a deal with an Austrian company for technical support. The privately owned Turkish engine maker TUMOSAN said it signed an agreement with AVL List, an Austrian firm, to get technical support for the power unit of the Turkish tank, the Altay, and […]


Turkish Firm To Produce Tank Engine

A privately owned Turkish engine maker has signed a €190 million (US $206.35 million) contract with the government to design an engine for the Altay, a new-generation tank the country is developing. TUMOSAN’s Power Group Development program signed the contract on March 17 with the country’s procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). Last […]


Pakistani Turkish Defense Ties Continue to Deepen

The Pakistan-Turkey defense industrial relationship continues to deepen with more bilateral projects being promoted and undertaken such as aircraft, ships and tanks. “As a matter of policy, we encourage Turkish industry to broaden their business activity and defense cooperation with Pakistan,” said a senior official with Turkey’s Under Secretariat for Defence Industries. “Not only do […]


Turkey Seeks Hybrid Solution in ‘New vs Old Weapons’

Turkey’s military and procurement planners are favoring a “hybrid” approach which they believe will optimize their logistical requirements and help them maintain a fine balance between new and old gear. “We have a general understanding to avoid both extremes,” said one procurement official in charge of planning. “We don’t think a general framework would yield […]

Turkey’s Defense Secrets Handed Over to Iran

A police investigation into the deadly Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam terror network has uncovered that Turkey’s defense secrets were handed over to Iranian agents. A flash drive seized from the prime suspect in the case, Hüseyin Avni Yazıcıoğlu, revealed detailed intelligence reports gathered on Turkey’s defense projects. A document pulled from the flash drive on Dec. 2, […]


China Seen Behind Japan’s Failed Turkey Arms Deal

Nearly three months after lifting its long-standing arms embargo, Japan recently approved plans to supply missile parts to the U.S. and conduct joint military research with a British company. Behind the scenes, however, there was a deal that fell through. Under new guidelines governing the transfer of defense equipment and technology, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 17 […]


Japan Deal Scrapped, Turkey Looking for Tank Engine

Turkey’s months-long negotiations with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for joint development and production of an engine for the Altay, a planned indigenous Turkish tank, have failed largely due to the Japanese government’s near total ban on arms exports. Turkey’s procurement and industry officials had been in talks with Mitsubishi since last year to co-produce an […]