ME-IE-OPIM Joint Seminar
Dec 14, 2011, Wednesday @ 13:40-14:30 @ FENS L045
Mustafa Yalçın, OTOKAR
"ALTAY Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project"
1- ALTAY Project Major Objectives
2- ALTAY Project Content
3- ALTAY Project Model
4- ALTAY Project Contract Summary
5- Project Main Schedule and Plan
6- Display of the ALTAY Combat Tank Prototype in IDEF 2011 Defense Industry
Mustafa Yalçın was born in Adana in 1978. He completed his BSc in
Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University in 2001.
He started to work in Otokar in 2002 as a project engineer. Between
the years of 2007 and 2008 he executed commercial vehicles
projects as a project manager. Since August 2008, he has been
working in ALTAY Turkish National Main Battle Tank Project as a
Program Management Section Manager.
Otokar Automotive and Defense Industry Inc.
Otokar began business in 1963 as Turkey's first intercity bus manufacturing company
under the license of Magirus Deutz of Istanbul. Otokar was noted for manufacturing
the most modern buses and modern intercity vehicles for that period. During the
1970s, Otokar launched air-cooled minibuses with Deutz AG engines. During this
period, Turkey's largest conglomerate Koç Holding purchased the majority of Otokar
shares. Within its mass transportation strategies, in early 1980s, Otokar added the
inner-city bus to its product line.
In the early 1980s Otokar began inner-city bus production and in mid-1980s Otokar
manufactured the first Turkish armored vehicle as an armored car. In 1987, the
Turkish Armed Forces had Otokar manufacture military Land Rover Defenders in
Turkey in agreement with Land Rover, UK.
In early 1990s, Otokar developed the Otokar Armored Personnel Carrier, Otokar
Akrep, and Otokar Cobra; Turkey's first 4x4 light-armored tactical wheeled vehicles by
combining its armor technology with its experience in military vehicles. In 1997,
Otokar moved to its new plant in Sakarya, Arifiye.
In 2002 Otokar acquired a trailer and semi-trailer production company from Koç
Group Company of Istanbul Fruehauf A.S. Later in 2002, with its experience in public
transportation Otokar developed the small bus called the Navigo which is marketed
in Turkey with Sultan brand. In 2003, Otokar initiated a cooperation with Singapore
Technologies Kinetics (STK) for the new 8x8 tactical armored vehicle Otokar-Yavuz. In
2005 Otokar widened its line of armored vehicles. On March 30, 2007, Turkey's
"Defence Industries Executive Committee", the joint, government-military, body on
major defence industry projects and contracts, decided for the country's
"Undersecretariat for Defence Industry" to launch negotiations with Otokar on the
eventual contractual agreement to develop and produce Turkey's first indigenous