At the highly anticipated 2023 International Defense Exhibition (IDEF) held in Istanbul, BMC, the Turkish defense company, proudly presents its latest marvel – the Altug 8×8 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV). This remarkable creation showcases Turkey’s escalating prowess in the defense industry, with the Altug 8×8 being entirely developed and designed in-house by BMC. The Altug 8×8 is ingeniously crafted to address both conventional and asymmetric warfare scenarios, making it a versatile solution for diverse mission requirements. Its modular design allows for effortless customization, accommodating various weapon systems ranging from 7.62mm to 120mm calibers, ensuring optimal effectiveness against a wide array of threats. The vehicle’s enhanced mine protection capabilities guarantee the safety of its personnel on board, making it an ideal choice for troop transport and combat support missions. Notably, the Altug 8×8 boasts the advanced Aselsan Korhan 35mm remotely operated turret, offering precise firepower to dominate the battlefield.
One of the most intriguing features of the Altug 8×8 is its adaptability to different types of cannons, ranging from 7.62mm to 120mm calibers, enabling it to excel in various combat situations. This heightened versatility empowers the vehicle to meet diverse operational requirements effectively. With a maximum payload capacity of 8 tons, the Altug 8×8 provides ample space for essential equipment and personnel, consolidating multiple tasks within a single platform. Its four-axle steering system guarantees superior maneuverability, allowing seamless navigation across challenging terrains. BMC takes great pride in its commitment to self-sufficiency in defense production, aiming to achieve an impressive 80% domestic production level for the Altug 8×8 series vehicles. This dedication underscores Turkey’s determination to innovate and be self-reliant in the defense sector. The Altug 8×8’s unveiling at IDEF 2023 signifies Turkey’s drive to enhance its armed forces’ operational capabilities while garnering attention from defense operators worldwide. With its advanced features, unmatched versatility, and robust design, the Altug 8×8 is poised to make a significant impact in the global defense arena.
The Altug 8×8 is available in two versions: an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). The IFV is equipped with a Caterpillar C13 diesel engine providing 711 hp, coupled with an Allison 4000 Series transmission featuring six forward and one reverse gears. On the other hand, the APC version is fitted with a BMC Power 600 hp diesel engine, maintaining the same power-to-weight ratio, with the GVW under 31 tonnes. The vehicle is designed for exceptional off-road performance, with the capability to ford up to 1.2 meters, overcome a 0.7 meters vertical obstacle, a 2.2 meters wide trench, and handle a 60% slope and a 30% side lope. It boasts a maximum speed of 110 km/h and an impressive range of over 800 km. The Altug 8×8’s protection features include a nearly “V” shaped hull to increase mine resistance, with a ground clearance of approximately 450 mm. The vehicle adheres to the stringent TLF requirements for protection levels, including measures against IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
To ensure sufficient energy supply, the Altug is equipped with a 600 A alternator, and it features an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) capable of providing 18 Kw power to operate the turret, sensors, communication systems, and air conditioning while minimizing its signature when operating in a static position and conserving fuel. Internally, the Altug offers a protected volume of over 15 m3, accommodating up to 12 military personnel, including the driver, commander, and gunner, along with nine dismounts. The vehicle’s modular rooftop design allows for interchangeable variants to suit specific mission requirements. As BMC prepares for comparative trials leading to the selection of the platform by the TLF, the initial batch of Altug 8×8 vehicles is expected to be divided almost equally between IFVs and APCs, highlighting the vehicle’s flexibility and adaptability for a range of military operations.