SHAH ALAM: Turkish delights. As the Army waits for the government to pony up the funds for the life extension programme for its Adnan and MIFV fleet, the Turkish government has announced that it was doing the same thing for its Turkish built M113 variants.
According to state owned Anadolu Agency, the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), a civil institution to strengthen Turkey’s national security industry and manage the system and supply of military technology, has agreed to start the first phase of the modernisation project involving 133 vehicles.
The two prototype M113 variants modernised for upgrade programme. AA.
From Daily Sabah.
The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are modernizing their armored vehicles with new weapon systems and high-tech mission equipment, an Anadolu Agency (AA) report said Wednesday.
The prototype of the modernizing project, which is being undertaken by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB), a civil institution to strengthen Turkey’s national security industry and manage the system and supply of military technology, has been completed.
The TL 900 million ($113.1 million) project began at the end of 2019 with the cooperation of Turkish defense giant ASELSAN and leading armored vehicle manufacturer FNNS, according to Ismail Demir, the head of the SSB.
As many as 133 vehicles will be modernized in the first phase, he said, adding that they will be equipped with remote control Nefer weapon, laser warning, close-range surveillance, driver vision, direction and navigation systems.
It is likely that if Malaysia wanted to be part of the modernisation programme, it can do so with some savings by joining the Turkey led project. I have no idea whether this has been conveyed to the Defence Ministry or not but this is one of the developments that the Turkish Embassy here in Kuala Lumpur would be glad to inform us.
Anyhow if there is a change of government (hint, hint) , the offer would likely come direct from the Turkish president, who could offer a big discounts not only for the project but also other stuff manufactured by the country.
— Malaysian Defence