Turkey’s top procurement planners may reshape the industrial strategy for serial production of the Altay new generation tank by creating a “big team” of several companies, including foreign ones, rather than leaving Otokar as prime contractor.

The planners are weighing the merits of awarding a multi-billion dollar contract to such a team, which industry sources said could involve several foreign companies in technology transfer.

Turkey’s national tank program foresees the eventual manufacturing of the Altay by a local company or companies under a serial production program, but foreign companies could take part in various components, most notably its engine, armor and complex systems integration. […]