Indonesia-Turkey's Modern Medium Weight Tank Breaks Cover

BeritaDEKHO - Indonesia's PT Pindad and FNSS Savunma Sistemleri of Turkey have revealed details of the Modern Medium Weight Tank (MMWT) that the companies are partnering to develop.

Under the terms of this joint development programme, which started two years ago, two prototypes are being built, one in Indonesia and the other in Turkey, both of which are scheduled to be completed sometime in 2017. There will be one additional hull that will be used for ballistic and mine protection trials.

The main role of the MMWT will be to engage light and medium armoured fighting vehicles (AFVs) such as reconnaissance platforms, infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and combat support vehicles, rather than tackling heavier, well-armed MBTs.

The MMWT is also slated for use in the direct-fire support role, operating in conjunction with mounted and dismounted infantry in a similar manner to that carried out by MBTs in Afghanistan and Iraq. For many tactical situations the infantry support role is expected to be the primary duty of the MMWT, reported.

The layout of the MMWT is conventional with the driver to the front, turret in the centre and diesel powerpack at the rear. The hull is of all welded steel armour with an additional modular passive composite armour, and underbelly mine protection package.

Following a competition, the Belgian CMI Defence CT-CV two-person turret was selected as this has been fully developed and tested on a wide range of platforms, tracked and wheeled.

This turret is armed with a 105 mm rifled tank gun fitted with a thermal sleeve, fume extractor, muzzle brake and muzzle reference system, which enables the gunner to bore sight the 105 mm gun without leaving the vehicle. Mounted coaxial with the 105 mm gun is a 7.62 mm machine gun (MG).

The 105 mm gun is fed by a bustle-mounted automatic loader and can fire standard ammunition, including armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS), high explosive (HE), high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), and high-explosive squash head (HESH), with the latter being highly effective when used in the bunker busting role. (adm)

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