Erdoğan ignites Turkey’s first fully indigenous engine

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday ignited Turkey’s first fully indigenous motor engine during a groundbreaking ceremony for a privately owned Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicles manufacturer BMC base in the northwestern province of Sakarya, Turkish MSI magazine reported.

The BMC POWER engine has 600 horsepower and has been designed for the use of armoured vehicles, it said.

The 1 billion lira ($180 million) BMC facility located in Karasu is set to become one of Turkey’s biggest defense industry investments in recent years.

The new investment will provide employment for 10,000 people once its all phases are completed, the Turkish president said during the ceremony on Sunday.

“This cooperation is indeed an exemplary step towards the future based on the win-win principle of both countries. From now on, Turkey and Qatar cooperation will continue to strengthen,’’ Erdoğan noted.

The company’s investments in wheeled and tracked armored vehicles, laser guns, unmanned armored vehicles (UAVs), diesel engines, high-speed trains, subways and regional trains will be supported by an incentive package announced by the Turkish president last April.

On Nov. 9 Ankara signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build the Altay, Turkey’s first domestically-produced tank, with BMC, which has close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).