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Turkiye Kicks Off Comprehensive Modernizaton for Leopard 2A4 MBTs

Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) has decided to initiate “Additional Capability for Tanks – Leopard 2A4 (TIYK-LEO 2A4)” Project.  

According to the information obtained by our Turkish affiliate SavunmaSanayiST.com, within the scope of the TIYK-LEO 2A4 Project initiated by the Presidency of Defense Industries, BMC will carry out the comprehensive modernization of 81+250 Leopard 2A4 Tanks. The subcontractors are named as Roketsan and ASELSAN.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) has been actively using main battle tanks (MBT) in the recent cross-border operations such as the Euphrates Shield, Olive Branch, Peace Spring and Spring Shield. The Presidency of Defense Industries, on the other hand, carries out various modernization projects at the request of the TAF in order to upgrade the tanks in the inventory to more modern standards.

FIRAT-M60T Project

Within the scope of the FIRAT-M60T Project initiated by the Presidency of Defense Industries during Operation Euphrates Shield, more than 160 M60T Sabra Main Battle Tanks in the inventory of the Turkish Land Forces Command were modernized.

The tanks were named as ‘M60TM’ after modernization proccess. They were integrated with PULAT Active Protection System (APS), Tank Laser Warning System (TLUS), Remote Controlled Weapon System (UKSS), Driver Vision System (ADIS), Protection Liner, Auxiliary Power System and Air Conditioning System.

ASELSAN is currently continuing the qualification activities of the VOLKAN-M Fire Control System for M60TM tanks.

Leopard 2A4 T1 Additional Armor System Modernization

After the M60T, the SSB also started to carrying out different modernization projects for the Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tanks. There are 339+15 units of Leopard 2A4 MBTs in the inventory of the Turkish Land Forces Command. The first modernization for Leopard 2A4s was displayed for the first time during a ceremony held at Roketsan on 30 August 2020, to which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also attended.

Leopard 2A4 T1
Leopard 2A4 T1

The Leopard 2A4 displayed at this ceremony was modernized with Roketsan-manufactured Reactive Armor (ERA), Add-on-Armor and High Ballistic Strength Cage Armor. In summary, the tank has only undergone armor improvement. Within the scope of this project, which includes the modernization of 40 (+40 options) Leopard 2A4 Tanks in total, the first deliveries were made by Roketsan in 2021.

Adding Additional Capabilities to Tanks – Leopard 2A4 (TIYK-LEO 2A4) Project

Finally, the Presidency of Defense Industries launched a more comprehensive modernization program for Leopard 2A4 Tanks.

According to the information obtained by SavunmaSanayiST.com, 81 Leopard 2A4 AMTs will be modernized in the first stage, within the scope of the ‘Gaining Additional Capability to Tanks – Leopard 2A4 (TIYK-LEO 2A4)’ Project.

Leopard 2A4 NG (In the left)
Leopard 2A4 NG (In the left)

With this modernization, the ballistic protection levels of the Leopard 2A4 tanks will be increased and more modern electronics will be integrated. Although 81 Leopard 2A4 units will be modernized in the first stage within the scope of the project, there is also an option for 250 units, according to the information obtained by SavunmaSanayiST.com.

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SOURCE: TurkishDefenceNews, SSB

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