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Leopard 2A4 Altay turret

Leopard 2 + Altay MBT TurretOn 23 Janaury 2021 Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, along with Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Gler, Land Forces Commander General mit Dndar and Deputy Minister of National Defense Muhsin Dere, visited the Ministry of National Defense Arifiye Campus BMC Plant, welcomed by BMC Chairman Ethem Sancak, BMC Defense Board Chairman Talip ztrk and company officials. Minister Akar emphasized that eliminating foreign dependency, especially in the defense industry, is of vital importance. The "Leopard 2A4 tank with Altay turret", which is being developed by BMC, came to the fore for the first time at the Ceremony of the Delivery of the New Generation Three Storm Howitzer to the TSK.

Minister Akar and Commanders watched the demonstration of the driving and capabilities of armored vehicles produced by BMC. While the main battle tank developed by BMC with the Altay tower integration on the Leopard 2A4 tank, the protocol was introduced with the expression "Leopard 2A4 tank with Altay turret". Leopard 2A4s in the inventory of the TSK were supplied second hand from Germany with two packages of 2005 and 298 units after 56. As part of the efforts to increase the capabilities of Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks in accordance with today's modern combat conditions, the modernization activities are officially carried out by ASELSAN and ROKETSAN. The said Leopard 2A4 with Altai tower was developed as a result of the company initiative, with the aim of displaying talent. However, it is unknown whether the modernization package will be implemented in the future. Aselsan developed the Leopard 2NG package for Leopard 4A2 tanks and produced the first prototype in 2011. Aselsan was using a ready-made protection package supplied from abroad in its Leopard 2 NG project. However, the project was not implemented.

BMC will modernize 2 Leopard AMTs as Leopard 4A84TM within the scope of the project, which is also run by the Defense Industry Presidency and includes the modernization of the Leopard 2A4 tanks in the Turkish Land Forces Command inventory. According to the information as of mid-2020, Leopard 2A4 tanks, with the said modernization; Reactive Reactive Armor (ERA), High Ballistic Strength Cage Armor, Hollow Modular Add-on Armor, Close Range Surveillance System (YAMGZ), Laser Warning Receiver System (LIAS), SARP Remote Command Weapon System (UKSS), PULAT Active Protection System (AKS), Power Distribution Unit, ASELSAN Driver Vision System (ADIS) and Voice Alert System integrations will be realized. The modernization will include 84 Leopard 2A4 tanks, including prototypes in the first place. However, in the coming periods, all Leopard 2A4 tanks - about 350 units - will be modernized.

There have been strong claims that the Leopard 2A4 tanks will be modernized by BMC. It is currently a mystery whether the Leopard 2A4 modernization will be carried out under the contracting of the "RBSS" company, which BMC has established jointly with the German military vehicle and technology manufacturer Rheinmetall and Malaysian companies, Etika Strategi, or with the support of Aselsan.

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