- Apr 2, 2021
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Order and delivery are not the same things. You put an order and get the export license first. Once the export license is granted revoking it will be harder. As there will be a commercial contract with MTU. Buying MTU engines from Germany is not the same as signing up for F-35. They can't stop delivering engines once an export license is granted and a contract is signed. If they do MTU has to pay heavy fines. That is why Germans are chickening away when Greeks push them to stop the U-214TN project. If something like that happens we will immediately stop the payments and sue them. Germans had to pay billions in breach of the contract. Procuring MTU engines is a commercial contract. F-35 is a government-to-government special deal hence they can stop it without fearing the legal backlash.The tank may have been ready, but there were no facilities capable of producing the tank en-masse, for facilities to be constructed and put into service it would have taken 2 extra years (As disclosed by Otokar). No one is going to order 50-100 Powerpacks when you don't have the capability to produce the tanks even at LRIP.
What happened is not ideal, however, they did not idly sit on their hands. Altay has gained more capabilities and is improved considerably since Otokar completed acceptance tests.
AVL is an Austrian company, not German.
There was no German embargo in place for Altay before operation Olive Branch (2018). We were producing T-155 Fırtına without any issues.