Companies tender bids to build 500 battle tanks
Turkey received bids on Nov. 17 for the production of 500 Altay battle tanks, half of which are optional, Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Nov. 22. Speaking to the parliamentary budget commission, Canikli said the tender would be finalized in the coming days. The domestic Altay tank project is worth an estimated 7 billion euros ($8.24 billion). Canikli said Turkey expects to receive its first Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles in 2019, the first time Ankara has given a firm timeline for a deal that has alarmed NATO allies. Turkey has been in negotiations with Russia to buy the S-400 for more than a year, a decision seen by Washington and some of its other NATO allies as a snub to the Western military alliance.