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8x8 Wheeled Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV) [ 2022 ]

The BMC ALTUG is an original all-modern, modular-minded battlefield solution originating out of Turkey.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/16/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The growing presence of Turkiye as a military power is made possible, in part, by its growing indigenous military industry. In September of 2021, BMC of Turkey unveiled its newest military vehicle design - the "ALTUG" - joining a deep stable of vehicle offerings put out by the company. As with other modern military vehicles intended to satisfy both local and export requirements, this entry is built around the concept of modularity, allowing for various battlefield forms to be generated from the singular, consistent chassis thus reducing logistical commitments and lowering procurement costs for any one army.

The vehicle sits atop a proven 8x8 all-wheel drive featuring eight large rubber-tired roadwheels across four fully-suspended (hydro-pneumatic) axles providing for excellent cross-country traversal (ride height is optionally height-adjustable). All four axles are steerable, giving the truck a relatively small turning radius and extreme maneuverability in confined spaces such as urban environments. Power is from an American Caterpillar C13 series engine of 711 horsepower and this unit is mated to an Allison 4000 series transmission system featuring six-forward and a single-reverse speeds. The roadwheels are networked to a central tire inflation system. The result is a design form with excellent power-to-weight ratio capable of operational service across many environment types.

The bow of the vehicle sports a very shallow glacis plate and light armoring further protects the occupants of the truck from small arms fire and artillery spray. Tow loops under the bow allow the system to free trapped vehicles or to be pulled itself. The driver sits at front-left with the powerpack to his right, the engine exhausting through a grille panel along the starboard side of the hull. The hull sides are vertical as is the rear hull face while the hull roof is horizontal and unobstructed.

Internally, ALTUG has an all-modern, all-digital Fire Control System (FCS) with advanced tracking and targeting, ensuring "first-shot, first-kill" probability depending on armament fitted. Modern situational awareness systems increase crew and system survivability alike.

Current variants of the line include the "ALTUG ZMA", a dedicated "direct-contact" attack form, and the "ALTUG ZPT" to serve mainly in the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) role - both designs are given a certain degree of modularity to suit customer requirements.

The ALTUG ZMA sees a two-man, 360-degree traversing turret seated over the middle-rear of the hull roof and typically fitting a single 35mm autocannon. A 7.62mm machine gun is mounted in the co-axial position relative to the main gun, giving the vehicle an anti-infantry measure. As modularity plays a key role in the ALTUG's design, the turret can be substituted with other emplacement types including those mounting a tank-killing 105mm main gun. Smoke grenade dischargers are carried along the front-side turret panels for self-screening actions.

The ZMA model has a reported maximum road speed of 110kmh and can travel out to 800 kilometers on internal fuel. Three personnel represent the standard operating crew while nine occupants can be carried in relative comfort.

The ALTUG ZPT form is a simplified model and seats a Remote Weapon Station (RWS) over the middle-front of the hull roof. This emplacement can carry several options ranging from 7.62mm / 12.7mm machine guns (500rnds / 400rnds, respectively) to 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGLs) (80 rnds). A second 7.62mm machine gun (1,000rnds) can also be installed (this in addition to any small arms carried by the crew and/or occupants). Smoke grenade launchers are positioned over the middle and rear portions of the hull for self-screening actions.

The ZPT model form has a road speed of 107 kmh and also reaches out to 800 km while powered by the same C13 diesel unit.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Limited Service.

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Amphibious Assault
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Engage armored vehicles of similar form and function.
Can conduct reconnaissance / scout missions to assess threat levels, enemy strength, et al - typically through lightweight design.

Wheeled Arrangement
Wheeled arrangement gives this system an inherent road-running capability, enhancing mobility.
Primary Turret
A modern tank quality, this vehicle sports its main armament in a single turret.
Remote Weapon Station (RWS)
Vehicle supports a remote-operated weapons station, reducing crew exposure to outside dangers.
Traversable Main Armament
Armament is situated in a traversing component, allowing for all-around engagement of enemy threats.
Recoil Enhancement
Main weapon has an integral recoil mechanism, allowing the system to remain trained-on-target after firing.
Firing On-the-Move
A modern quality, onboard systems provide accuracy to primary armament allowing for firing on-the-move.
System can enter and traverse open water sources - either rivers, lakes, and streams; Amphibious Assault operation support.
Cross-Country Capability
Design includes such features as a track-link system or high ground clearance to better traverse offroad.
Angled Armor
Angled armor at key facings adds inherent ballistics protection to the vehicle.
Shallow Glacis
The shallow design of the glacis plate provides the vehicle with inherent ballistics protection as well as contributes to a lower overall profile - making it more difficult to disable.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Aircraft / Air-Defense Capable
System is given an anti-aircraft defense component to protect itself from low-flying aerial threats at range.
Anti-Tank Capable
Onboard solution provides ability to neutralize armored or fortified targets at range through missile or penetrating ballistic weapons.
Vehicle features an in-built anti-infantry capability for local defense of the vehicle or general troop suppression.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Remote Weapons Station
Vehicle supports an unmanned weapons station controlled remotely from within the safety of the vehicle.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

Powerplant: 1 x Caterpillar C13 diesel engine developing 711 horsepower to 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
Transmission: 1 x Allison 4000 series transmission system with 6-forward and 1-reverse speeds.
68.4 mph
(110.0 kph)
497.1 mi
(800.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base BMC ALTUG production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)

ZMA model can fit 35mm autocannon or 105mm tank gun with 7.62mm machine gun in coaxial mounting.

ZPT model seats Remote Weapon Station (RWS) over hull roof. This system supports various 7.62mm machine guns or 12.7mm Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs) as well as 40mm Automatic Grenade Launchers (AGLs).

Smoke Grenade Dischargers are also present in either design form, through their numbers vary between the two.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank cannon armament
Graphical image of a tank automatic cannon
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of a tank heavy machine gun
Graphical image of infantry-level automatic grenade launcher
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
100 x 35mm projectiles.
400 x 12.7mm ammunition.
500 x 7.62mm ammunition (co-axial mounted MG).
1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition (secondary MG).
80 x 40mm grenades.
8 to 10 x Smoke grenades.

ALTUG - Base Series Name.
ALTUG ZMA - Modular turret-equipped attack model.
ALTUG ZPT - Modular APC model.

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