Turkish leadership, not coping with the tasks facing the defense industry, again asks South Korea for help, necessary for the implementation of the program of creating our own main battle tanks.
According to the latest reports on the government information portal, Ankara made an official inquiry about the possibility of exporting a Korean power plant. It will make it possible to get off the ground in the creation of the local MBT "Altai".
The Altay main battle tank developed by the Koreans was in limbo for a long time., since Turkey was imposed by a German arms embargo, which prevented sales of the power plant [German company] MTU (engine + transmission)
– marks the ROKArmedForces resource.
After the introduction of this ban, Turkey tried to create its own engine., however, this attempt has not yet been crowned with success.
As the designated portal explains, South Korea boasts a much more powerful heavy industry compared to Turkey, but she also experienced difficulties in developing her own power units. first 100 K2 Black Panther tanks were equipped with German power plants.
This was followed by a delay of several years with the release of the second batch. (106 machines), which was caused by problems with the development of its own analogue. It was solved in 2019 year, when the domestic engine power 1500 l. from. successfully field tested, which allowed to resume production. At the same time, the transmission remained German.
South Korea plans to develop a completely original power unit for the third production batch of K2 Black Panther tanks.