Turkey’s Aselsan has started mass production of tank armor package for integration onto German-origin Leopard 2A4 tanks.
“We started the mass production of the armor package designed and produced at the Ballistic Protection Center in Istanbul and started its integration into tanks,” Ismail Demir, head of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), tweeted Sunday.
“Developed in different configurations for turret and hull compartments according to threat analysis, the armor package has the most effective ballistic protection used in Leopard 2A4 tanks in the world’s armies,” Demir added.
The modernized Leopard 2A4 that was presented at the BMC factory is fitted with an Altay turret which is armed with one 120 mm 55 caliber smoothbore gun designed and manufactured by the Turkish Company MKE based on technology transfer from Hyundai Rotem of South Korea. A remote-controlled weapon station is mounted on the top of the turret which is armed with a 12.7mm caliber heavy machine gun.