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Turkey launches tank upgrade

6th February 2017 - 11:50 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul

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The Turkish armament procurement organisation, SSM, has launched a competition for the upgrade of 200 main battle tanks (MBTs).

While the requirements are still being developed by SSM, it will likely include installing the latest protection technologies and new sighting equipment. The programme is estimated to cost around $500 million.

Several Leopard 2A4 and M60s tanks operated by the Turkish Army were hit by Daesh fighters using anti-tank guided weapons during operations in Syria. This is likely to have fuelled the requirement to improve the tanks.

State-controlled companies Aselsan and Roketsan, as well as privately-owned BMC, Otokar

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Victor Barreira

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Victor M.S. Barreira is a Shephard correspondent, covering South American defence and security affairs.

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