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BATU tank engine project starts to pay off for Turkey

20th May 2021 - 15:15 GMT | by Tayfun Özberk in Istanbul

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This engine from BMC Power is earmarked to power the Altay T2 MBT. (Photo: BMC Power)

Initial tests of a 1,500hp engine point to a significant new achievement for the Turkish defence industry.

BMC Power, a subsidiary of Turkish armoured vehicle manufacturer BMC, tested its 1,500hp engine for the first time on 5 May. The new engine is expected to power a future version of the indigenous Altay main battle tank (MBT).

After the test Ismail Demir, head of the Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries, claimed: ‘Our defence industry is taking firm steps towards its targets in engine technology.’

The 12-cylinder, V-type, water-cooled and turbodiesel engine produces about 1,500hp and 4,600Nm of torque. It was developed within the scope of the BATU Project, and it is scheduled to be fitted to the

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Tayfun Ozberk is a former naval officer who is an expert in surface warfare, particularly …

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