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15 Feb 18. Otokar submits its offer for Turkey’s Altay MBT project. Land systems manufacturer Otokar has submitted a ‘best and final offer’ (BAFO) for the serial production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) project to the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM).
Altay has been specifically designed and developed to address the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces against current and imminent threats.
Featuring enhanced survivability, mobility and firing power, the Altay MBT has demonstrated superior performance in challenging tests carried out in all climatic and terrain conditions for the past two years.
Otokar general manager Serdar Görgüç said: “We prepared a cost-effective, sound and viable proposal with minimum risk and submitted as our BAFO to SSM.
“The Otokar proposal was created within the scope of timely response to the urgent needs of the Turkish Armed Forces. Meanwhile, we worked on all the infrastructure requirements and planned the production lines to be prepared for launching production as early as possible with the signing of the agreement for Altay’s serial production, and obtained the necessary manufacturing permit from the Ministry of Defence.”
In 2008, Otokar secured the contract for the development, design, prototype and qualification processes of the Altay system.
In February last year, the prototypes produced during the first phase of the project were approved following a series of qualification and acceptance tests carried out on them.
The SSM released the call to bid document for the serial production and the integrated logistics support services of the Altay Main Battle Tank in July 2017. The Turkey-based manufacturer submitted its first proposal for the tender on 16 November. (Source: army-technology.com)
14 Feb 18. ST Kinetics prepping to hand over bid in US Army’s vehicle competition. ST Kinetics is nearly ready to hand over its sample vehicle to the U.S. Army as part of a bid in the service’s Mobile Protected Firepower competition, the company has announced. The Singapore-based firm is partnering with SAIC and CMI Defence in the competition.
Speaking to Defense News at the Singapore Airshow, ST Kinetics Chief Marketing Officer Winston Toh said that the vehicle, which is fitted with the CMI Group’s modular Cockerill 3105 turret, is undergoing testing in the United States that has included firing trials at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Nevada.
The vehicle being offered by the team, led by SAIC, which is also the system integrator, is the ST Kinetics Next Generation Armored Fighting Vehicle, or NGAFV, which has been ordered by the Singapore Armed Forces. Production of the vehicles is due to start in 2019.
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Toh emphasized the maturity of both the vehicle and turret being offered, noting that both will have ongoing production lines when the U.S. Army equips its first unit with the mobile protected firepower capability, which is expected in 2025.
He also detailed the modifications ST Kinetics made to the vehicle so it would be able to accept the Cockerill 3105 turret, which included strengthening the hull for the larger caliber gun and the fitting of a simulated turret on the chassis prior to carrying out mobility trials.
The Cockerill 3105 turret, which offers a number of different calibers up to 105mm, has been ordered by Indonesia for its General Dynamics European Land Systems combat-ready, eight-wheel drive, armored Pandur II vehicle.
Singapore’s Army previously displayed a recovery vehicle based on the NGAFV in 2017, but ST Kinetics says the country has not ordered any vehicles with the 105mm turret.
The NGAFVs ordered by Singapore are in various configurations, including troop carrier versions fitted with a remote control weapon station arme