Turkey May Upgrade Leo 2 and M-60 Tanks

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  1. Atilla

    Atilla Major

    Oct 25, 2015
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    Turkey Mulling Upgrade to Leopard 2s, M60s

    ANKARA—Turkey’s military and procurement officials are mulling the options of upgrading hundreds of German-made Leopard 2 and U.S.-made M60 main battle tanks.

    One senior procurement official familiar with the program said that about 100 Leopard 2s and 300 M60s would go through an upgrade program. Industry sources say such upgrades would cost Ankara anywhere between $2 million to $3 million per tank. A bunch of 300 to 400 tank upgrades will have a total cost of more than $1 billion.

    They say Turkey’s defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM in its Turkish acronym) would most likely award the Leopard 2 upgrade contract to the German Rheinmetall’s three-partner, Turkey-based venture, RBSS. Rheinmetall’s partners are the Turkish armored vehicles manufacturer BMC and the Malaysia-based Etika Strategi.


    If we do these upgrades then in the coming years we will have a very capable tank force capable of fighting in Middle East Theatre.

    100 upgraded Leo 2's
    300 M-60
    ~160 M-60 Sabra
    250 Altay MBT (1st block)

    = ~800 tanks for modern combat environment

    All tanks should have APS.

    $1billion is nothing.