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  • 2023 Targets Revised:
    2023 Targets Revised: November 30 2019
    Defence Industry President Professor Ismail Demir announced that the defence industry export targets of $ 25 billion for 2023, previously announced, were revised to 10.2 billion. The Global Strategies Conference in Defence and Aviation Industry was held in Antalya. Speaking at the opening of the conference Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Assocıatıon (SSI) Chairman Latif Aral Aliş said they had to increase exports, the rate of export growth between 2012-2018 is 6...
  • Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI
    Akşit Replaces Kotil at TAI November 29 2019
    Top officials from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS / TAI) left their post last week. General Manager and CEO of TAI, Temel Kotil is also affected by this fury. It was primarily speculated that Kotil was asked to resign. This claim was not confirmed, but C4Defence learned that on November 28, 2019, the Board of Directors convened extraordinarily during the day. Although the agenda item was not officially announced, the meeting continued until late at night and General Manager Kot...
  • Otokar Founded Otokar Central Asia at Kazakhstan
    Otokar Founded Otokar Central Asia at Kazakhstan November 28 2019
    Otokar established subsidiary “Otokar Central Asia” in Kazakhstan. Askar Mamin, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan presented the registration certificate of Otokar Central Asia to Ali Y. Koç, Vice Chairman of Koç Holding and Chairman of Otokar. With the establishment of Otokar Central Asia Limited in Astana International Financial Center (AIFC) in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Otokar aims to be closer to its current and prospective clients in Ce...
  • AYESAŞ to Provide Communication for TEI's Engine
    AYESAŞ to Provide Communication for TEI's Engine November 21 2019
    TEI - TUSAS Motor Industry Inc and Aydin Software and Electronic Industry Inc. (AYESAŞ) have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of Digital Motor Control System (Sayısal Motor Kontrol Sistemi /SMKS). AYESAŞ's SKMS project will regulate the information flow between the platform and the engine. The signing ceremony took place in Eskişehir at TEI’s Campus. TEI Chairman and General Manager Dr. Mahmut Faruk Akşit and AYESAŞ General Manager Öner Tekin and aut...
  • F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020
    F-35 IOC Evaluation Not Before Mid-2020 November 15 2019
    According to USNI News, US lawmakers will not authorise the Pentagon to award a multi-year contract to build F-35 unless the program solves such problems as chronic shortages of spare parts that often wear out quicker than anticipated. Speaking during a joint hearing of two House Armed Services subcommittees, Rep. John Garamendi, chairman of the readiness subcommittee, said the F-35 program is still plagued by high operating costs, inadequate repair capacity, spare part shortages an...
  • Akşit Term at TEI
    Akşit Term at TEI October 22 2019
    President and CEO of TEI Prof. Mahmut Faruk Akşit will serve as the Chairman of Board of Directors in addition to his current position at TEI. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors was vacated since July 2019. C4Defence has learned that the Board of Directors met yesterday and appointed Akşit as new Chairman.
  • The Defence Industry Executive Committee Meets Today
    The Defence Industry Executive Committee Meets Today October 17 2019
    The Defence Industry Executive Committee meets today under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was informed that the agenda of the committee included projects aimed at strengthening the domestic industry.
  • More ASELSAN for Ukraine
    More ASELSAN for Ukraine October 9 2019
    ASELSAN has signed a new procurement agreement with Ukraine at the Arms and Security 2019 exhibition in Ukraine. Under the contract, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will take delivery additional software-defined communications system. The ceremony was held in the exhibition center. Spets Techno Export company General Manager Vladyslav Belbas and Chairman and General Manager of ASELSAN. Dr. Haluk Görgün also participated to the ceremony. In this co...
  • Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents
    Koca Yusuf Will Win New Talents October 5 2019
    Turkey passes an essential milestone on the A400M aircraft program on Thursday, October 3. ASFAT and Airbus companies will work together in the maintenance-repair-improvement (retrofit) program of A400M Transport aircraft. Minister of National Defence Hulusi Akar, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Güler, Land Forces Commander Gen. Ümit Dündar, Air Forces Commander Gen. Hasan Küçükakyüz, N...
  • General Manager Appointed to MKEK
    General Manager Appointed to MKEK September 22 2019
    According to the decree published in the Official Gazette today, Yasin Akdere was appointed as the General Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Institution (MKEK). Deputy General Manager Mehmet Ünal was in charge as acting General Manager since 2018. Akdere was in Bosch Turkey director of government and external relations in charge of the Middle East and Turkey between 2015 -2018 Akdere, finally was German -Turkish Com...
  • China may Buy Ukrainian Motor Sich
    China may Buy Ukrainian Motor Sich August 29 2019
    There are reports that China has gained a controlling stake in Ukrainian jet engine manufacturer Motor Sich. Ukrainian media reported on August 19 that two Chinese firms had reached an agreement with state-owned military concern Ukroboronprom to jointly purchase the engine maker. No price was disclosed. Ukroboronprom Chairman Aivaras Abromavicius declined to comment. It is one of the few plants in the former Soviet Union that can build an entire aviation engine from scratc...
  • Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400
    Bahrain Has Preferred the Patriot over the S-400 August 15 2019
    The Kingdom of Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot air and missile defence system from the United States Army. This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for production of an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles. "Patriot missiles will provide Bahrain's anti-ballistic defence, its cruise missile defence and manned and unmanned aircraft," said Raytheon Integrated Defence Sy...
  • New Term in TEI
    New Term in TEI July 6 2019
      A significant change took place in the Board of Directors of TUSAS Engine Industry (TEI) last week. Established between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), General Electric, Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) and Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK), the chairmanship of the Board of Directors vacated quietly. TUSAŞ General Manager and CEO, who has been serving as the Chairman of TEI for a long time. Temel Kotil left his post. An assignment has not yet been made to th...
  • First Aid Support with Airborne
    First Aid Support with Airborne June 21 2019
    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence signed a contract to supply six new Viking Canadair CL-515 and one upgraded Canadair CL-415EAF amphibious aircraft from Canadian-based Viking Air. Four of the CL-515 twin-turboprop aircraft will be delivered in "first responder" multi-mission configuration, while the remaining two will be handed over "in optimised aerial firefighter configuration", said the company in a statement. It also pointed out that, due to its flexible ar...
  • TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy
    TAIS to Build Ships for Indian Navy May 31 2019
    TAIS, founded by the owners of the five shipyards of Turkey to offer expert and innovative solutions in naval shipbuilding, has received a $2.3-billion tender to build five ships for the Indian Navy. According to information released to the press, TAIS has won a cooperation tender that involves the production of five fleet support tankers of 45,000 tons. As part of its tasks in the project, TAIS will be responsible for the modernization of the shipyard, the design of the s...
  • Significant Work Share for ASELSAN in ALTAY
    Significant Work Share for ASELSAN in ALTAY May 1 2019
    The total cost of the ASELSAN deliveries within the scope of the Serial Production Project of ALTAY Main Battle Tank was EUR 840,986,250. In the light of experience obtained from the ALTAY Project, ASELSAN became the only company capable of integrating all of its mission equipment and software for the main battle tanks on domestic and national platforms. The contract was signed at IDEF for ASELSAN to provide systems for ALTAY Tanks. The ceremony where BMC met with other subcont...
  • STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea
    STM and ASELSAN Cooperation at Sea April 30 2019
    Under the leadership of the Presidency for Defence Industries, STM has signed a protocol on the "Development of Electric Propulsion System in Speed ​​Boats“ with ASELSAN at IDEF'19. The protocol of STM was signed with ASELSAN on 30 April at the 14th International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF). The signing ceremony was attended by STM Chairman of Board of Directors Celal Sami Tüfekçi, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, ASELSAN Chairman of Board of Directors and CEO Hal...
  • ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ
    ASELSAN’s Korkut in the Sea: GÖKDENİZ April 30 2019
    The GÖKDENİZ Close Air Defence System for Marine Platforms (YHSS), which was developed as a result of the adaptation of KORKUT Self-Propelled Gun Barrelled Low-Altitude Air Defence Weapon System to marine platforms under the scope of the contract executed by the Presidency for Defence Industries, was introduced at IDEF’19 at ASELSAN’s stand with the participation of the President of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, the Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of A...
  • Hava Soj’s Aircraft Arrived
    Hava Soj’s Aircraft Arrived March 15 2019
    Two Bombardier Global 6000 type aircraft, into which systems to be developed within the scope of the Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform (HAVA SOJ) Project will be integrated, have been brought to Turkey, according to a statement by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) Friday. The project has been initiated by the SSB to develop electronic warfare special mission aircraft. Defence Industries Presidency (SSB) Chairman Professor İsmail D...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles December 9 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus Sign MoU on Aerial Refueling December 6 2018
    Lockheed Martin and Airbus have signed an agreement to jointly market Airbus A330 MRTT tanker for U.S. defence customers.  The companies will seek to provide aerial-refueling services to address any identified capacity shortfall and to meet requirements for the next generation of tankers capable of operating in the challenging environments of future battlespace.  "Reliable and modernized aerial refueling is an essential capability for our customers to mainta...
  • ARES Exports 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to ROP
    ARES Exports 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to ROP November 16 2018
    ARES Shipyard announced a new contract to supply 14-off ARES 85 HERCULES Fast Patrol Vessels to Royal Oman Police (ROP). The contract, signed by the Inspector General of Royal Oman Police and General Manager of ARES covers 14 (fourteen) cutting edge technology vessels to be built and delivered within a four-year acquisition program. ARES Chairman & Executive Director, Mr. Kerim Kalatafoğlu said “ I’d like to highlight with pride that this is the first ever ...
  • STM Exports “Moavin” to Pakistan November 6 2018
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret (STM) had launched three naval projects with Pakistan. Two of these projects were related with ship export while the third involved submarine modernisation. In October, STM delivered to the Pakistan Naval Forces the first of these projects, namely the indigenously-designed Offshore Supply Ship. Naming the ship as “PNS MOAWIN”, the Pakistan Naval Forces organised a delivery ceremony at the Karachi Shipyard attended by the ...
  • STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy
    STM Delivers One Of İts Largest Single-İtem Export Projects: Fleet Tanker To Pakistan Navy October 16 2018
    The Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT), one of the biggest single-item export projects of the Turkish defence industry, was delivered to the Pakistan Navy at a commissioning ceremony held in Karachi.   Pakistani President Arif Alvi, Defence Industries President Professor İsmail Demir, Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) Chairman İhsan Kaya, STM General Manager Murat İkinci, STM Karachi Director Halil Baş and the military authorities of the two countri...
  • Decision for OMTTZA
    Decision for OMTTZA October 14 2018
    Defence Industry Executive Committee (Savunma Sanayii İcra Komitesi/ SSIK) gathered under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. SSIK has decided on special purpose tactical wheeled vehicle (Özel Maksatlı Taktik Tekerlekli Zırhlı Araç /ÖMTTZA) program which was a surprise. The project first came to the agenda in 2009 for the supply of 336 vehicles, and many times SSIK was about to decide but never achieved. Most recently the amount was more than 450 vehicles but ...
  • US Considering Boosting Military Presence in Greece September 6 2018
    The US is exploring the possibility of increasing the numbers of drills and troops in Greece, which could lead to enhanced intelligence efforts in nearby hotspots according to Russian Sputnik. Greek officials are considering expanding US access to additional bases, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford told reporters in Athens on Tuesday. Quoting Pentagon's internal news service, Stars and Stripes, the US military has already "taken advantage&q...
  • MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon
    MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon August 21 2018
    Russia’s new next gen fighter aircraft Mig-41 will get in shape soon.  Russian MiG Aircraft Corporation is developing fighter-interceptor to replace the MiG-31 fighters. "No, this is not a mythical project, this is a long-standing project for the MiG and now we are carrying out intensive work under the aegis of the UAC [the United Aircraft Corporation] and will present it to the public soon," MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko was quoted as saying by TASS Friday. ...
  • India Approved OPV Acquisition
    India Approved OPV Acquisition August 14 2018
    The Indian Defence Acquisition Council was convened yesterday under the chairmanship of Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. At the meeting, India's six new generation offshore patrol platforms (Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessel / NGOPV) procurement was approved. In this context, India-based shipyards will be suppliers. The project is planned to cost approximately US $ 706 million. India plans to use these vessels for operations such as marine interception&nb...
  • DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption
    DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption July 21 2018
    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis sent a letter to US Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Mattis acknowledged concerns about the Turkish government but opposed US lawmakers’ efforts to remove the country from the F-35 Lightning II programme, saying the loss of the nation from the supply chain would delay delivery of some aircraft for up to two years. US top lawmakers objected Turkey receiving the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter as t...
  • ARES Liked Being the First
    ARES Liked Being the First June 10 2018
    Scoring major successes in building and exporting patrol vessels each year, Chairman of the Antalya-based ARES Shipyard explained the background of their accomplishments. ARES, completed and delivered the building of 11 vessels in 2017 and ranked the first in the history of the Turkish Republic by realising $126m military vessel exports. Conveying that the year 2017 has been a year filled with numerous vessel deliveries, records, awards and successes, ARES Chairman Kerim Kalafatoğlu...
  • Electromagnetic Gun Agreement
    Electromagnetic Gun Agreement May 25 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) announced a new development with a press release today. SSM and Anadolu Yönlendirmiş Enerji Teknolojileri A.Ş. signed the "Electromagnetic Gun System Field Prototype Procurement Project Contract" signed by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, OSTİM Chairman Orhan Aydın, OSTİM Savunma ve Havacılık Kümelenmesi (OSSA) officials and sector representatives attended. Undersecretary D...
  • Deputy Undersecretary Assigned as Chairman of Board of ROKETSAN
    Deputy Undersecretary Assigned as Chairman of Board of ROKETSAN May 9 2018
    Turkey's Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof.Dr. Dr. Faruk Yigit became the chairman of a ROKETSAN's Board of Directors with the decision taken at the Ordinary General Assembly meeting held on 7 May.  Professor Dr. Faruk Yiğit graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Yiğit graduated from Yildiz Technical University in 1987 with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1988, he complete...
  • Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces
    Dassault, Airbus Joined Forces April 26 2018
    Dassault Aviation and Airbus have decided to join forces for the development and production of Europe’s Future Combat Air System (FCAS) during ILA Berlin. The FCAS will be developed to replace current generation of Eurofighter and Rafale fighter aircraft between 2035 and 2040. FCAS defines a system of systems combining a wide range of elements connected and operating together, including a next generation fighter aircraft together with Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Unmanned Ae...
  • FNSS Favours Cooperation in Altay
    FNSS Favours Cooperation in Altay April 7 2018
    Scoring high business volume in land vehicles exports in the Far East, producing 8x8 in Malaysia and tank in Indonesia thanks to its cooperation models, FNSS stands out as one of the three companies bidding for the Altay Main Battle Tank mass production in Turkey. We discussed with General Manager Nail Kurt about export targets and the future of land vehicle companies in Turkey. Kurt maintained that Altay was a strategic asset and that production required cooperation rather than competition.&...
  • ASELSAN Management Re-assigned
    ASELSAN Management Re-assigned April 3 2018
    The Board of Directors of ASELSAN was re-assigned at the Ordinary General Assembly held on 2 April. shareholders' questions were answered before voting at ASELSAN's meeting at Akyurt Facilities. On a question, ASELSAN Chairman Ibrahim Ozkol said that the details of the public offering will be evident in the process and that the public offering is targeted to be completed by the first week of June. Haluk Görgün was appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and ...
  • Defence Export Awards Find Its Owners
    Defence Export Awards Find Its Owners April 3 2018
    The Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters' Association (SSI) 2017 Successful Exporters Award Ceremony and the Ordinary General Assembly Meeting were held in Ankara today. SSI Chairman Latif Aral Aliş made the opening speech of the ceremony attended by the Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries Serdar Demirel, Head of Industrialization Department Bilal Aktas, Head of Export Development Group Asuman Vangölü, and SSI member firms.&nb...
  • $4,8 Billion Meeting by SSIK
    $4,8 Billion Meeting by SSIK March 29 2018
    A press statement was made following the meeting of the Defence Industry Executive Committee convened under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It is reported that 29 projects with a total value of $4,8 billion were discussed while the information on the Altay Main Battle Tank expected to be on the agenda is not included in the explanations.   
  • SSIK Convenes Today
    SSIK Convenes Today March 29 2018
    Turkish Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) will convene at 16:00 today under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting is expected to be attended by Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu and Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir.  The first SSİK meeting of 2018 was held on 31 January under the presidency of President Erdoğan for the fi...
  • China's First Home-Built Carrier Readies For Sea Trials
    China's First Home-Built Carrier Readies For Sea Trials March 29 2018
    China is getting ready to begin sea trials of its first domestically built aircraft carrier known as Type 001A. According to Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company (DSIC) Chairman Liu Zheng, all the equipment and devices on the carrier are now in the joint debugging stage and Type 001A is getting ready for its first sea trial although the exact timing will depend on factors like the weather and sea conditions. The carrier is likely to be ready f...
  • SSIK Convenes
    SSIK Convenes March 27 2018
    The Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSİK) is expected to convene on 29 March 2018 under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, serial production tender for the Altay Main Battle Tank is at the top of on the agenda, but it is not yet clear whether a decision on this item will be taken. The latest developments on the Altay Tank were discussed in SSİK dated 31 January as well, which was gathered for the first time u...