KİRPİ II by BMC Enters the Inventory
The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) announced on July 3 that 30 KİRPİ II mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles had entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) following the finalisation of acceptance processes under the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle-2 (TTA-2) project.
The SSM and BMC had signed the TTA-2 project contract for the supply of 529 KİRPİ II vehicles in Ankara on August 8, 2017. KİRPİ II, which is utilised by TAF to increase its operational capabilities in areas where antiterrorism operations are continuing intensively, is integrated with the following subsystems:
- Remote-controlled weapon station,
- Fire suppression system,
- CBRN protection system,
- Gunshot detection system,
- Fully independent suspension,
- Next generation ergonomic seats,
- Flasher and sight systems,
- Radio and intercommunication system,
- Navigation device,
- Rectifier and IR lighting system,
- Beacon lamp and projectors.
In another piece of important news from BMC, the six-cylinder diesel engine developed by BMC POWER, a subsidiary fully owned by BMC, was fired up for the first time in July. The 12.8 lt. engine is capable of producing 585 horsepower and 2,700 Nm torque. The company prepared the engine for tests after completing its assembly on June 23. BMC POWER started the engine for the first time on July 5 at the Istanbul Technical University Automotive Technologies Research and Development Company (OTAM).
BMC POWER said that it would be using the experience gained through this programme, in which the company has invested 100 percent of the equity, in the National Powerpack Development Project for the ALTAY Tank and in the Project for the Development of Powerpacks for Next-Generation Light Armoured Vehicles, undertaken as part of contracts concluded with the SSM. The company is continuing to work on the development of 1,500- and 1,000-hp engines within this project.
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