MKEK forced to look for a replacement engine in self-propelled guns Firtina
Turkish company Makina ve Kimya Senayesi Təskilatı (MKEK) - state-owned company, the main producer of Turkish artillery, encountered a problem related to the reluctance of the German company MTU grant a license to reexport their engines MT 883 Ka-500 in Azerbaijan.
This was announced by the Turkish Undersecretariat senior Defense Industry (SSM).
The position of the German side due to the fact that Azerbaijan is technically in a state of military conflict with Armenia.
MKEK held talks with Azerbaijan in 2008 to supply 40 units of self-propelled howitzers T-155 Firtina. Despite the fact that these howitzers manufactured in Turkey under license from the South Korean company Samsung Techwin, it used components such as power plant MTU. As a result, Germany was able to block the deal, valued at $ 200 million and the signing of which was planned for late 2011.
MTU is a subsidiary of industrial group Tognum AG, which is formed by DaimlerChrysler American and British Rolls-Royce plc. Tognum AG, in addition to MTU also owns such well-known brands as Mercedes-Benz and Maybach.
Now MKEK urgently looking for replacement of German power plant. One option could be a power plant with a production of Ukrainian 6TD. The Ukrainian side has considerable experience in installing their own power pack compartment (WTO) on foreign armored vehicles. An example is the logistics of tanks Al-Khalid (Pakistan) and MBT2000 (China).
ACS T-155 Firtina (Storm) is a Turkish version of the Korean K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer 155 mm.
Although mainly used in automatic control systems K9 howitzer howitzers, including the gun mount 155 mm / 52 caliber Korean development, most of the chassis, automatic ammunition feed, as well as German MTU diesel engine KA-881 500, however T-155 have significant differences in the construction of the tower, chassis components, navigation systems and electronic systems (such as communication and fire control system), which were developed in Turkey. In contrast to K9, T-155 Firtina has no digital panoramic sight for commander.
Under a license agreement with South Korea's Samsung Techwin, the first eight T-155 were manufactured in South Korea, and the remaining 300 units will be manufactured in Turkey. The total purchase price, including technology transfer and license for the Turkish government was $ 1 billion.