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Turkey showcases armour as it seeks answer to Altay conundrum

3rd February 2021 - 18:44 GMT | by Cem Devrim Yaylalı in Istanbul

Progress includes a new 8x8 prototype APC, a modified Leopard 2A4 MBT and delivery of the first Fırtına 2 self-propelled howitzers — but the big prize is unblocking the stalled Altay MBT programme.

Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicle JV BMC displayed some new hardware in late January, including a brand new prototype 8x8 APC and a heavily modified Leopard 2A4 MBT — not, as other defence media reported, a hybrid of the Leopard chassis with a turret from the indigenous Altay MBT.

The previously unknown APC was shown equipped with an Aselsan Korhan 35mm RWS, as well as laser warning and detection technology, a sniper locating system and the Akkor active protection system (APS — also made by Aselsan).  

The Turkish Land Forces plan to acquire 2,962 light armoured vehicles in the

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Cem Devrim Yaylalı


Cem Devrim Yaylalı

Cem Devrim Yaylalı was born in Paris and raised in Istanbul, where he currently lives. …

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