Mustafa Kaval, General Manager of BMC Power, announced that BMC Power has developed engine and generator solutions for maritime platforms by marinizing its existing engines. The integration process of AZRA to Marlin AUSV continues. AZRA is the first engine that is marinized by BMC Power and it was developed within the partnership of ASELSAN-SEFINE. Discussions on the use of BMC Power engines in other A/USV systems also continue.
Following the integration of the AZRA engine to the Marlin AUSV, Turkey’s first AUSV with electronic warfare capability, other engines such as UTKU and BATU will be marinized and used on maritime platforms. Apart from the propulsion system, the engines developed by BMC Power can also be used as diesel generators that provide the necessary electricity for the sensors, command-control and weapon systems of the ships. For engine marinization, changes are required in components such as cooling systems (eg seawater cooling).
AZRA is an inline six-cylinder 12.8-liter diesel engine designed for use in 8×8 armored vehicles and towing vehicles. It produces 600 horsepower with turbocharger feeding.
Indigenous AZRA engine integrated into BMC 8×8 ZPT and tank carrier
According to the information obtained at the Land Systems Seminar, the integration of 20 units of AZRA diesel engines into BMC’s ALTUĞ 8×8 armored personnel carrier and tank carrier vehicles was successfully carried out. AZRA Gen 2 is being developed for the TUĞRA tank carrier manufactured by BMC. BMC Power’s in-line six-cylinder Azra engine producing 600 hp had completed the road test of 45 thousand km.