Turkey fears US intervention to halt the acquisition of South Korean engines for its Altay tank

Si discussions between Ankara and Seoul about the propellant pack borrowed from K2 Black Panther tank to equip the Turkish heavy tank Altay have progressed in recent weeks, they have also followed a different direction from that initially envisaged by Turkish officials. Indeed, where the latter initially envisaged a co-production with technology transfer for the 250 Doosan engines and S&T Dynamics distribution which must equip the first tranche of Altay tanks, it seems that now, they are satisfied withan off-the-shelf acquisition of the propulsion pack according to the statements of the Turkish authorities. Obviously, in such an approach, it seems unlikely that a notion of technology transfer would be considered, which would leave Ankara without any additional assets to develop its local solution for the second tranche of armored vehicles.

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