A new partnership offer for Turkey’s Altay Main Battle tank engine has come from British-based European division of U.S. company Caterpillar. The company has reportedly proposed a new generation CV12 type engine for Altay Main Battle tank.
The German MTU engine was used in the prototype production of the Altay tank. The use of the MTU engine was also planned for mass production. However, the plan for MTU engine was put on hold recently due to political spat between Turkish and German governments.
The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has reportedly initiated talks with the European Division of Caterpillar company very recently. The first contact between SSM and Caterpillar was held in Ankara and the second at the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair in the U.K. It is stated that Caterpillar proposed a new generation “CV12” type engine for use in the Altay tank. Company authorities also noted that they regard the production of this engine in Turkey positively. The same engine is also used in the Challenger tanks produced for the British army.
Some 250 Altay tanks are foreseen to be produced for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in the first package. A total of 1,000 tanks are to be manufactured in the long run.
Turkey and the U.K. are also collaborating on Turkey’s national fighter jet project “TF-X,” whose engine will be developed with technological support from the U.K.