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8x8 Wheeled Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV)

Turkiye | 2022

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

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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the BMC ALTUG 8x8 Wheeled Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV).
1 x Caterpillar C13 diesel engine developing 711 horsepower to 8x8 all-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
68 mph
110 kph
Road Speed
497 miles
800 km
The physical qualities of the BMC ALTUG 8x8 Wheeled Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV).
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the BMC ALTUG 8x8 Wheeled Modular Combat Vehicle (MCV).

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.
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.
Notable series variants as part of the BMC ALTUG family line.
ALTUG - Base Series Name.
ALTUG ZMA - Modular turret-equipped attack model.
ALTUG ZPT - Modular APC model.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the BMC ALTUG. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 25 Units

Contractor(s): BMC - Turkey / Turkiye
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