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  • MSD: Defence is an Art September 10 2019
    Gazi University Modern Defence Technologies Society (Modern Savunma Teknolojileri Topluluğu/MST) has members from different departments. By placing information at its core focus, the community aims to work together for the homeland. C4Defence: When was the Gazi Modern Defence Technologies Community founded and what is its scope? MST: Gazi University Modern Defence Technologies Society adventure started on 12 December 2017. For...
  • Mete Project Moving Ahead
    Mete Project Moving Ahead August 22 2019
    The indigenous move in the Turkish defence industry continues to grow. Deliveries are continuing which in the projects carried out in the light arms section by the Presidency of Defence Industries. Presidency of Defence Industries made an announcement on its official social media accounts about the ongoing delivery process of the Indigenous Pistol Project. Design, development, qualification, production, maintenance and maintenance of a pistol with local facilities are targeted for t...
  • New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines
    New Termal Eyes for Turkish Submarines August 8 2019
    Turkey has signed an agreement, which is worth 45 million US Dollar, with Hensoldt. Under the agreement, the Turkish Navy will supply eight SERO 400 periscopes with thermal imaging capabilities. Periscopes will be integrated into Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines. Preveze Class (Type 209/1400) submarines are named after the Type 209 steel, which is the construction material of the submarine, and weight of the submarine, which is 1400 tons. The platform, which has a displ...
  • The Dardanelles from the Viewpoint of Those Who Could not Pass March 16 2019
    Michael Forrest’s 2013 book named “The Defence of the Dardanelles: From Bombards to Battleships” was translated into Turkish by İsmail Hakkı Yılmaz in 2017 as “Çanakkale Boğaz Savunması – Şahi Toplardan Savaş Gemilerine.” A veteran of the aviation industry living in Emsworth, Hampshire, Michael Forrest is an expert on 19th and 20th century fortifications. The original book in English is 272 pages long, while its Turkish translatio...
  • An Ore in the Cradle of Civilisations: KAR-SAV March 16 2019
    Our series of interviews introducing defence clubs established by university students, hosts in this issue KAR-SAV (Karabük University Defence Technologies Club) at Karabük University. Being the cradle of many civilisations in history, Karabük also stands out with its brilliant engineering candidates, with their hearts set on defence industry. C4Defence: When was KAR-SAV established and what is its scope of ac...
  • STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B
    STM to Upgrade Pakistan’s Second Agosta 90B March 9 2019
    Turkish state-owned defence contractor Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) announced from its official twitter account that it has won a contract for the mid-life upgrade of the second of three Agosta 90B-class (aka Khalid-class) diesel-electric attack submarines equipped with air-independent propulsion systems, currently in service with the Pakistan Navy. The twitter reads, “Capabilities of Pakistan Agosta90B Submarines enhanced by the main contractor STM throu...
  • Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter
    Turkey Plans Heavier Attack Helicopter February 22 2019
    Turkish Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced the launch of a new project for a “heavy attack” helicopter. A composite image of the rotorcraft, along with a video clip, were shared on social media.  Project has no specific name officially, therefore it is called “Ağır Taarruz Helikopter,” but it also said as ATAK 2. According to the SSB, the heavy attack helicopter combines many important features. Helicopter will be abl...
  • MLU for Preveze
    MLU for Preveze February 8 2019
    Turkish Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik (STM) is to lead the programme for the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) of the Turkish Naval Forces Command’s four Type 209/1400 Preveze-class submarines. Under the terms of the contract, signed with Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), STM will take on the role of lead partner in partnership with Havelsan, Aselsan and Asfat. The four Preveze-class boats were delivered between 1994 and 1999. STM says the four su...
  • ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s
    ASELSAN Provides Indigenous Protection to F-16s February 7 2019
    Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced from its official twitter account that ASELSAN provides protection to F-16 fighter plane. ASELSAN’s electronic warfare system will protect the aircraft against anti-aircraft missiles and it is in use at 21 aircraft. SSB's announcement is as follows; “The tests for SPEWS-II Electronic Warfare (EH) Self-Protection System developed by ASELSAN have been successfully completed in order to protect our F-16 aircr...
  • Technology Harvest in Çukurova February 7 2019
    Our series of interviews introducing defence clubs established by students in universities, hosts this month SAYTEK (Defence and High Technologies Club) at Çukurova University. Listed among the most fertile territories of Turkey, Çukurova seeks to add value to the defence industry by young engineer candidates.   C4Defence: When was SAYTEK established and what is its scope of activities? SAYTEK: Çukurova University Defence and High Te...
  • Özden Örnek and the Story of MİLGEM February 7 2019
    When it comes to MİLGEM, one of the persons to come to mind is former Commander of the Turkish Naval Forces, retired Admiral Özden Örnek, who recounted in this book what he had witnessed behind the curtains since the inception of the project. While reading Örnek’s book, you will hear the first-hand account of unknown facts as regards Turkey’s major national ship projects. One of the most urgent issues of Turkey is probably related with the transfer of know...
  • 500th Delivery from ASELSAN
    500th Delivery from ASELSAN January 31 2019
    Defence Industry Presidency (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı /SSB) announced that 500 units of ASELSAN İHASAVAR have been delivered. It is an ANTI-DRONE JAMMER SYSTEM being actively used in the war against the terrorism.
  • STM Set Goals: Achieving New Technologies January 10 2019
    Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) General Manager Murat İkinci came together with national and sectoral press representatives for the first time at the STM Vision 2023 Press Meeting organised on December 5. During the speech he made on that occasion, İkinci specified the main goal of STM as achieving new technologies for Turkey. Also attending the meeting was the Head of Business Development, Onur Ateş. Following Ateş’s presentation on STM’s ac...
  • BMC to Produce Turkey's Altay MBT
    BMC to Produce Turkey's Altay MBT November 9 2018
    The serial production of Turkey’s Main Battle Tank (MBT), the Altay, has been awarded to BMC, one of Turkey's largest commercial vehicle manufacturers. The announcement was made on 9 November by the Turkish Presidency of Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı / SSB). Under the new contract,  250 Altay tanks will be produced, with the first tank to be delivered to Turkish Land Forces within 18 months once serial production line is completed. The Altay...
  • 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 ...
  • Brazil Shortlisted Four European Companies for CCT Tender
    Brazil Shortlisted Four European Companies for CCT Tender October 18 2018
    The Brazilian Navy’s Program Management Directorate (Diretoria de Gestão de Programas da Marinha, DGePM), has announced a “short-list” for the Class-Tamandaré Corvettes (CCT in Portuguese) program comprising the following consortium. Tamandaré Project calls for the construction of an initial batch of four corvettes to replace the ageing Niteroi- and Broadsword-class frigates. The frigates are expected to cost $700 million each, and the corvettes $380 mil...
  • 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 ...
  • 22 New Anka for TuRAF
    22 New Anka for TuRAF October 14 2018
    Defence Industry Executive Committee (Savunma Sanayii İcra Komitesi /SSIK) decided to acquire 16 Anka-S and 6 Anka-B, a total of 22 Anka Unmanned Aerial Vehicle from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS). Eight of the ten Anka-S systems produced by TUSAŞ are already at the inventory of Turkish Air Force (TuRAF).  The order will be completed with the delivery of the remaining two systems. Anka is designed and produced by TUSAS and it offers real-time surveillance. With ...
  • Turkish - Indonesian KAPLAN Battle Tank ready for mass production
    Turkish - Indonesian KAPLAN Battle Tank ready for mass production September 7 2018
    Turkish-Indonesian joint production medium-weight battle tank, KAPLAN MT has completed qualification trials and is ready for mass production in Indonesia which could lead to the manufacture of up to 400 units. Turkey's heavy arms manufacturer, FNSS Savunma Sistemleri (FNSS) and Indonesia's PT Pindad design and develop tank in Turkey. The 30 to 35 ton tank has been built on a project model agreed upon by, to meet the country's need for medium-weight tanks. The K...
  • Defence and Security Industry Met at SEDEC August 16 2018
    The event, composed of an exhibition, conference and B2B organisation, took place for the first time in July 3-5, 2018 in Ankara, where issues like homeland and border security, domestic security and defence systems were debated. Organised under the auspices of the then Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) (now, Presidency of Defence Industries/ SSB) with the support of Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (Savunma Sanayii İhracatçı Birliği/ SS...
  • ASELSAN to Produce RCWS in Konya
    ASELSAN to Produce RCWS in Konya June 27 2018
    C4Defence reached the details of factory to be established in Konya in the partnership of ASELSAN and Konya Defence Industry Corporation. ASELSAN will establish "ASELSAN Weapon Systems Facility" in the region. ASELSAN's Remote Controlledd Weapon Systems (RCWS) will be produced, with a capital of approximately TL 300 million, a machine and equipment of TL 60 million, and a construction investment of TL 85 million. The names of ASELSAN's systems produced by UKSS are as fo...
  • Altay power pack is signed
    Altay power pack is signed June 15 2018
      Altay Main Battle tank power group aggremeent is signed between Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı /SSM) and BMC Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş..BMC will design 1500 horsepower diesel engine, transmission, cooling packet and sub systems. BMC will also manage test center where test and qualification works will be carried out. All IP rights will belong to SSM.
  • UHTES surprise from STM
    UHTES surprise from STM June 12 2018
    UHTES (Standoff Though the Wall Radar) is a system developed by Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Tic A.Ş. (STM) tha uses radio frequency (RF) signals to detect the presence and location of people in remote closed spaces where visual access is not possible. STM presents its UHTES for the first time. UHTES  is designed to be mounted on a vehicle and it can be used in situations where the operators can not come closer to the building in which targets are located. UHTES ca...
  • Meteksan Raises the Bar in Export
    Meteksan Raises the Bar in Export June 11 2018
    Reaching its financial goals in 2017, Meteksan Savunma intends to continue with its business strategy to concentrate on niche areas and supply the Turkish Armed Forces and foreign markets. Against this background, President Tunç Batum explained the Company’s vision. Maintaining that they not only scored success in exports but also reached the financial goals for 2017, Batum explained the factors behind these accomplishments as such: “We continuously assess our per...
  • SSM: aiming more  advanced system than SAMP-T
    SSM: aiming more advanced system than SAMP-T June 3 2018
    Undersecretrariat for Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı /SSM) published a press bulettin to inform about Turkey’s Long Range Air Defence System.  Undersecreteriat informed that partners working on the subject have come together on May 30th and said, “SSM is working on alternative solutions to meet our armed forces’ long range air defence requirements”. It also shared information on on going works among ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and EUROSAM.&n...
  • SSM runs cargu UAV tender
    SSM runs cargu UAV tender June 2 2018
    Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı /SSM) started a new tender “ Vertical take-off/landing cargo Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) project. SSM will provide Request for Proposal (RfP) until June 25Th, 16:30.
  • F-35 Statement from SSM
    F-35 Statement from SSM May 29 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı / SSM) made a statement about the F-35 aircraft to be taken from the USA. SSM's official Twitter account stated that the aircraft will be delivered on June 21 as planned. "The preparations for the delivery of our first F-35 aircraft will continue on June 21, 2018," the SSM statement said.
  • 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...
  • Keel Laid for DDG 118
    Keel Laid for DDG 118 May 15 2018
    ABD Donanması, yeni Arleigh Burke Sınıfı güdümlü füze destroyeri USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) için 14 Mayıs'ta General Dynamics Bath Iron Works Tersanesi'nde kızağa konma töreni düzenledi. DDG 118, Flight IIA konfigürasyonunda inşa edilecek ve entegre hava ve füze savunma kabiliyetine sahip Aegis Baseline 9 muharebe sisttemi ile donatılacak.
  • Sarsılmaz Ranked First in the Handgun Race
    Sarsılmaz Ranked First in the Handgun Race January 17 2018
    Turkish arms manufacturer Sarsılmaz has been awarded a 110 thousand-weapon contract for its handgun developed under "Original Indigenous Gun Project'. According to the statement made by the company on its official Instagram page, the company successfully completed the test-firings cunducted under national handgun project.  Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries (SSM) will be the one to decide the name of the weapon.  The new handguns w...
  • SSM Will Report to Presidency
    SSM Will Report to Presidency December 24 2017
    According to a recent decree published at Official Gazette, Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı /SSM) will be administrated by Presidency. SSM personnel will be appointed by the approval of President. President may transfer his warrant to  Undersecretary. According to delegated legislation KHK 696, Defence Industry Executive Committee (Savunma Sanayii İcra Komitesi /SSİK) will be chaired by the President. Prime Minister, Chief of General S...
  • Companies Gather in Kuwait
    Companies Gather in Kuwait December 8 2017
    The fourth edition of international exhibition and conference in Kuwait for defence and homeland security, Gulf Defense & Aerospace (GDA 2017) will be held between 12-14, December.  Many defence companies who want to increase their cooperation in the Middle Eastern market see this fair as an opportunity. The US, the UK, Germany, France, Canada, Russia, UAE and Turkey are among the countries attending the fair as exhibitors.  Turkish Armed Force...
  • Turkish Company Won "Handgun of the Year" Award
    Turkish Company Won "Handgun of the Year" Award August 15 2017
    Turkish defence company Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) has come back from the US-organized "Annual Firearms Industry Team Challenge and Firearms Industry Choice Awards", with a prize this year. The company has won the "Handgun of the Year" award with its Canik TP9Fx model produced in SYS Samsun facilities. 98 companies in all categories participated in the competition, which took place on 20-22 July 2017. The Canik TP9SFx model was awarded the &quo...
  • New "Kirpi" MRAPs On Route
    New "Kirpi" MRAPs On Route August 9 2017
    The Undersecretariat for Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı-SSM) has signed a contract with BMC for the procurement of New Kirpi. Under the contract inked on August 8, 529 Kirpi will be supplied. The contract amount of the vehicles which were improved than predecessor is about 350 million USD.  
  • MILGEM On Its Way To Pakistan
    MILGEM On Its Way To Pakistan May 11 2017
    Turkish defence company Savunma Teknolojileri Muhendislik Ve Ticaret A.Ş. (STM) have signed a letter-of-intent on 10 May for the sale of four MILGEM Ada-class corvettes to the Pakistan Navy. This is STM’s third major naval contract to Pakistan, following the Pakistan Navy Fleet Tanker (PNFT) and Agosta 90B submarine upgrade program.  The contract is planned to be finalized on June 30, 2017 in Pakistan.
  • What is the Target for Altay’s Engine?
    What is the Target for Altay’s Engine? April 18 2017
    Official remarks by UkrOboronProm (UOP), Ukraine’s highest state institution in defence industry, as regards the engine of the Turkish Main Battle Tank Altay, have drawn much attention. In its aftermath, we interviewed with Delta Defence Savunma Ltd., representing the engine family in Turkey mentioned by UOP, to learn more about them and their targets.  Serdar Özyurt, General Manager of Delta Defence Savunma Ltd., is not a publicly known figure: “We started wor...
  • Quiet 'Bora' Surprise by SSM
    Quiet 'Bora' Surprise by SSM January 30 2017
    Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industry (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı/SSM) has quitely announced a new development on its website. Bora Weapons System Project has been mentioned in the previous days on the website under 'projects' title however no announcement was made under that title. The announcement appeared under Strategic Systems main title, on Department of Air Defence and Space, as "B (BORA) Missile and B (BORA) Weapons System Project". Accordingly, t...
  • December Record by ASELSAN
    December Record by ASELSAN December 30 2016
    ASELSAN set another record by closing eight deals in December, 2016. According to the announcement made by Public Disclosure Platform (KAP), four contracts has been signed between ASELSAN and Turkish Ministry of National Defence within December. Chronologically, two of the contracts were announced on 19th December, one on 22nd and one on 23rd December. One of the deals was for Air Defence Early Warning and Command Control Systems (HERRIKS) – Air Defence Early Warning Radar project with ...
  • ASELSAN and STM Will Deliver 499 UAVs to TAF
    ASELSAN and STM Will Deliver 499 UAVs to TAF December 29 2016
    According to the announcement made on Turkish Public Disclosure Platform, ASELSAN and Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik (STM) will cooperate regarding 499 UAVs to be delivered to Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). Under the $33,9 million contract, ASELSAN and STM will work on the payload for Altınay's multirotor UAV. The UAVs will be delivered within 2017. Altınay UAV can carry payloads up to 20 kg and thanks to its advanced Li-Ion batteries, it has an endurance of 1,5 h...
  • SSM - Nurol Cooperation
    SSM - Nurol Cooperation October 12 2016
    Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries (Savunma Sanayii Müsteşarlığı / SSM) signed an agreement with Nurol Technology for the Balistic Protective Vest Project, commenced upon need of Turkish National Police (TNP). The negotiations for this project started at the beginning of September, 2016. 180 thousand protective vests are planned to be manufactured by indigenious capabilities an delivered to TNP within eleven months.