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Turkey's tank stopped in its tracks

16th June 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Victor Barreira in Istanbul

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Turkey’s attempt to field the indigenously-developed 'Altay' tank has run into more problems, with the Turkish armament procurement organisation (SSM) rejecting a sole-source proposal from manufacturer Otokar.

The SSM rejection of Otokar’s bid for serial production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) is likely to further delay the induction of the combat vehicle, as other companies prepare to muscle in on the lucrative MBT contract.

Otokar announced on 9 May that its offer to produce an initial 250 MBTs was refused by the Turkish government.

‘The offer has been evaluated in all aspects of administrative, financial and technical. However,

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

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