OTOKAR, the largest privately owned defence industry company in Turkey, submitted its final offer for the serial production of ALTAY main battle tanks. OTOKAR General Manager Serdar Gorguc said, "Following our initial offer in January, we submitted our final offer upon the request of Undersecretariat of Defence Industry (SSM). We are ready to produce Turkey's national main battle tank with our wealth of human resource, experience, know-how and technologies."
OTOKAR, the leading land defence systems manufacturer of Turkey, submitted its final offer for the serial production of the ALTAY main battle tanks upon the request of Undersecretariat of Defence Industry (SSM). OTOKAR, which is the prime contractor of Altay project, was exclusively requested by the Undersecretariat of Defence Industry to submit a first offer for serial production for ALTAY main battle tanks and the offer was submitted in January 2016. This final offer that OTOKAR submitted on August 29th, 2016 for ALTAY's serial production involves the serial production of 250 ALTAY main battle tanks and their Integrated Logistics Support. With the offer, OTOKAR aims at commencing the serial production of ALTAY main battle tanks, equipped with state-of-the-art technology sub-systems, and including the modern main battle tanks in the Turkish Armed Forces' inventory as early as possible.
ALTAY WILL OPEN THE DOORS TO PRODUCTION IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Stating that OTOKAR, as the leading land system supplier of Turkish Armed Forces, is prepared for this national duty, OTOKAR General Manager Serdar Gorguc said that once the project is swiftly implemented Turkey will have and operate its own main battle tanks, "With ALTAY main battle tanks which will add new technologies and capabilities to the Turkish defence industry, Turkey's external dependence for defence industry will be reduced significantly. All the design and intellectual property rights for ALTAY will be owned by the Republic of Turkey. We are completely ready to do our utmost to produce Turkey's national main battle tank with our wealth of human resource, experience, know-how and technologies. We have successfully completed the concept design and prototype production phases of the ALTAY main battle tank, and currently the final prototypes are being tested. Meanwhile we worked on all the infrastructure requirements for serial production and planned the production lines. We obtained the necessary Manufacturing Certificate for the production of the main battle tank from the Ministry of Defence. We have planned the production schedules in a way that will enable us to commence production as soon as the agreement is signed and deliver the first main battle tanks off the production line. In addition to producing the 250 units of ALTAY main battle tank that Turkish Armed Forces requires over the course of five years, we have also made annual capacity plans for export potential as well as modified and derivative versions including minesweeping, recovery and engineering vehicles. In this manner, we aimed at having a flexible production schedule that would be able to meet any and all requirements that the Undersecretariat of Defence Industry (SSM) and other friendly countries and allies may have."
Serdar Gorguc also said that Otokar-designed and manufactured armoured vehicles are largely used by NATO and United Nations forces, and that ALTAY would create new export opportunities for Turkey. "We are confident that once serial production starts, we will be seeing demand for ALTAY from various countries, with friendly countries and allies possibly joining the project and new production possibilities in different geographies opening up."