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IDEF 2021: Turkish Armoured Vehicle Procurement (Defence Insight analysis)

13th August 2021 - 10:00 GMT | by Sonny Butterworth in London


Turkey not only aims to modernise in-service armoured vehicles but it also has grand ambitions to develop new wheeled and tracked platforms. (Photo: Turkish Land Forces)

The growing domestic industrial base in Turkey is capable of delivering several armoured vehicle programmes — but stumbling blocks remain, especially with the difficult Altay MBT programme.

The Turkish Armed Forces are in the midst of a wholesale modernisation of their fleet of armoured fighting vehicles. Though this project will involve several upgrade programmes to modernise platforms currently in service, it is also forecast to lead to the investment of $5.9 billion into the procurement of new armoured vehicles between 2021 and 2029, provided that its more demanding programmes are able to get off the ground. 

These needs are expected to be met by a burgeoning Turkish defence industry, which will see vehicles designed and produced domestically replace older vehicles originally procured from foreign vendors. 

Turkish industrial capabilities are evident

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Sonny Butterworth


Sonny Butterworth

Sonny Butterworth was a Shephard Media analyst based in London. After completing a degree in …

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