The Presidency of Defense Industry of Turkey (SSB) announced that the modernization activities of the M60T tanks in the Turkish Land Forces inventory have been completed.
President of the Presidency of Defense Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir to the modernized M60T tanks within the scope of the Fırat Project. kazanExamined new technologies and capabilities introduced. President Demir, during his visit to ASELSAN, ASELSAN Chairman of the Board and General Manager Prof. Dr. He received detailed information about the project from Haluk Görgün and the authorities. Demir, who examined the new systems integrated into a modernized M60T tank within the scope of the Euphrates Project, made statements on the subject.
Indicating that this tank was necessarily modernized in Israel during the periods when the defense industry was dependent on abroad, Demir stated that much more elements beyond that modernization have been added to this tank at the moment. Stating that threat, warning, warning systems, various imaging systems, countermeasure systems have been placed on the tank with the studies carried out at ASELSAN, Demir said, “More importantly, active protection systems found in only three countries in the world are placed on this tank. This is a very good indicator of where we have come in our defense industry. With these features, this tank has become a tank that very few countries in the world can achieve. This also means that we have implemented a number of systems that we used and will use in the Altay tank. So this tank kazanWith the capabilities it has, it enters the class of the most capable tanks in the world.”
Demir continued his words as follows: “We stand in front of a modern tank with fire control systems and management systems, as well as active protection systems that are used beyond the armor. Even before that Turkey's use of the old tank inventory modernized and we are experiencing a process involved in making a very gifted. In addition to the M60 tank, the modernization process of the Leopard tanks in the inventory continues. During this modernization process, some studies, such as the supply of armor from outside, were developed in a much shorter time than the calendar given about the supply period, and were implemented in these tanks. Following the M60s, Leopards will continue to be modernized in parallel. Thus, while mass production of our Altay tank continues, these tanks will be modernized and entered the most capable tanks class in the world. We would like to thank all employees who contributed in this regard. We would like to thank ASELSAN, TÜBİTAK SAGE, ROKETSAN, other defense industry companies, all of our companies that manufacture armored vehicles that build vehicles and tanks. And we hope that they will launch much better products and give them to the inventory of our army.
The Euphrates Project aims to provide more effective protection of the main battle tanks in the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces against anti-tank threats and terrorist elements and to provide additional capabilities to existing systems. kazanIt was launched in May 2017 by the Presidency of Defense Industries. Within the scope of the project, the modernization of 169 M60T tanks was carried out by Aselsan. All M60T tanks in the inventory have been upgraded to the M60TM configuration. The said tank integration activities were carried out in our border regions with the great devotion of SSB, Land Forces Command and Aselsan personnel.
While the Project Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield Operations were ongoing, it was immediately implemented and our modernized tanks were made available to our army. Within the scope of M60T modernization, one of the most modern tanks in the world was obtained. The tanks' close-to-medium range shooting capability, close-to-long distance survivability and defense capabilities, as well as the ability to maintain the tank and personnel have been upgraded.
It was reported by the tanker personnel who participated in Barış Pınarı, Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield Operation, following the modernization of ASELSAN, the tanks achieved great success against ATGM anti-tank missiles and at the same time, the operational capabilities of the tanks were increased in the residential area. The modernized tanks are still actively working.
During the modernization of the M60T tanks to the M60TM configuration, the following system integrations were performed on the tank:
- Laser Warning System
- Remote Command Weapon System
- Telescopic Periscope System
- Position and Orientation Detection System
- Close Distance Surveillance System
- Tank Driver Vision System
- Protection Liner
- Air Conditioning System
- Auxiliary Current System
- PULAT Active Protection System