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  • F-35 full-rate production on late 2020
    F-35 full-rate production on late 2020 October 21 2019
    The F-35 full-rate production decision will not be before late 2020 according to Pentagon. The delay is related to infrastructural capacity of test range. There is a lack of progress with the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE) that will test the aircraft against high-end threats that it cannot replicate on the range. Pentagon is reluctant to push the full-rate production (FRP) button without that test. Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for Acquisition and Sustainme...
  • U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program
    U.S. Removes Turkey from F-35 Program July 17 2019
        The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program. “The U.S. and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment. “The United States is spending between $500 and $600 million in non-recurring ...
  • Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020
    Turkish Suppliers to be Evaded from F-35 program in 2020 June 8 2019
        The Pentagon is preparing to transfer Turkey’s industrial participation in the F-35 to other countries unless Ankara reverses course on its plans to buy the Russian S-400 air defence system according to US based “Defence News”. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment, noted that Turkish participation in the program would be allowed to continue if it drops its plan to buy the Russian air defence system....
  • Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s
    Pentagon agreed with Lockheed on 11th batch of F-35s July 15 2018
    The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin agreed on the eleventh batch of F-35 joint strike fighters according to Defence News. The Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) lot 11 production order is the largest so far for the F-35 program. It includes 141 jets for U.S. and international customers. “The JPO and Lockheed Martin have made progress and are in the final stages of negotiation on the Lot 11 production contract,” Defence News quoted Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s undersecre...
  • CBRN Step
    CBRN Step June 27 2018
    Turkish Ministry of National Defence established a CBRN Defence Group. Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defence, announced  the CBRN Defence Department was established within the Ministry of National Defence during 9th Defence Technologies Congress held in Middle East Technical University in Ankara and some explanations were made. In the speech, the CBRN Defense Group made a study in Turkey conducted withi...
  • Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy
    Neocon Legacy in Iranian Policy June 11 2018
    The neocon establishment once again took hold of Washington following the recent appointments. Bearing resemblance with the George W. Bush era, can the current situation culminate in another catastrophe? With the former Head of CIA, Mike Pompeo and Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Relations as well as UN Ambassador during the George W. Bush era, John Bolton, becoming Secretary of State and National Security Adviser respectively, it seems that the neocon establishmen...
  • 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...
  • ROBOIK 2018 Begins
    ROBOIK 2018 Begins May 24 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) will hold three different competitions in two areas this year under the "ROBOİK" roof, which promotes the design of unmanned and autonomous systems which increasingly gain importance in defence industry. The launch meeting of the competitions was held on May 22 in Ankara with the participation of Undersecretary for Defence Industries Dr. İsmail Demir and of institutions and organizations support...
  • Altay Contract Is Close
    Altay Contract Is Close May 18 2018
    Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Prof. Ismail Demir, said as the negotiations continue with BMC, they were close to signing a contract regarding the serial production of Altay tank project during his speech at the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Defence Industry and Sector Council. Demir said that more than a thousand Kirpi as well as more than 300 Cobra and Ejder Yalcin entered the inventory while the ongoing projects of the guiding ki...
  • 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...
  • Fire Suppression Systems Become National with Alp
    Fire Suppression Systems Become National with Alp April 26 2018
    Alp Aviation has signed an agreement with UTC Aerospace Systems / KIDDE Aerospace & Defense which is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. With the agreement, fire detection and suppression systems used in military land vehicles, military aircraft, military shelters and positions, as well as civilian air and marine vehicles, will be get national. The agreement was signed with the participation of the Defense Industry Undersecretary Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir at the Eurasia Airshow ...
  • S-400s Set To Be Delivered in 2019
    S-400s Set To Be Delivered in 2019 April 4 2018
    Turkey's Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof. İsmail Demir made a statement about the S-400 missiles last night from his personal Twitter account. Demir noted that he attended the High-Level Bilateral Cooperation meeting which took place between Turkey and the Russian Federation. "We advanced the delivery date in the contract signed with Russia for the S-400 system to July 2019," he said, explaining the possibilities of cooperation between the two countries...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • USAF Urges Boeing on KC-46
    USAF Urges Boeing on KC-46 March 19 2018
    The US Air Force is urging Boeing to accelerate the deliveries of KC-46 aerial refuelling aircraft.   After Boeing's latest announcement of a further delay in the first aircraft delivery to the Air Force, Undersecretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan visited KC-46A Pegasus production facility on 14 March. “While Boeing has built a superb capability in the KC-46A, we need them to double down on providing the necessary resources and engineerin...
  • Grand Re-organization in SSM
    Grand Re-organization in SSM March 15 2018
    A significant change in organization took place in the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). An official notice on the changes was issued on 14 March. Thus, the functions of some departments were re-determined and new departments and group presidencies were established. There are now 18 departments instead of 20 and seven group presidencies. The titles of some presidencies have been changed as well as the Deputy Undersecretaries they were affiliated. Sev...
  • Golden Cube Award to ASELSAN
    Golden Cube Award to ASELSAN March 14 2018
    Turkish defence company ASELSAN has been selected the "Project Generator of the Year" at Teknopark Istanbul 4th Golden Cube event.  The 4th Golden Cube Award Ceremony, where companies operating in various sectors including defence, maritime, energy and health are nominated for awards in 15 categories, was held on 7 March at Teknopark Istanbul Conference Hall. The ceremony was attended by the Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof. Ismail Demir ...
  • Turkish APS Passed Trials
    Turkish APS Passed Trials March 5 2018
    Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries Prof İsmail Demir has announced on his official Twitter account that Akkor Pulat active protection system (APS) has successfully completed trials. Demir added that "The system that will be integrated on our tanks serving in the Olive Branch (Zeytin Dalı) Operation will be used on the battlefield for the first time in the world." Akkor Pulat active protection system was jointly developed by ASELSAN and TUBITAK SAGE. Akkor will provid...
  • Second BAFO Period in Altay
    Second BAFO Period in Altay February 26 2018
    It was learned that a second "best and Final offer" (Best And Final Offer / BAFO) requested from the competitors for the serial production of ALTAY Main Battle Tank. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, the Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM) has sent a new call to the companies participate in the tender. Accordingly, the companies  presented BAFO on 8 February 2018 to SSM will submit their offers again on 5 March 2018. This time SSM will make separ...
  • Remote-control to Ejder Yalçın
    Remote-control to Ejder Yalçın February 24 2018
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) has added a second to its disclosures of remotely operated land vehicles. SSM Undersecretary Prof. Ismail Demir said, "As the unmanned and robotic systems today begin to take their place on the battlefield, Turkey will be a leading country in terms of developing technology and not a mere follower. Unmanned Ejder Yalcin's tests were carried out successfully and there are more to come." in a statement on his offi...
  • SSİK: Silent and Deep… February 9 2018
    Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSİK), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, convened on January 31, 2018. This first meeting of the new year drew remarkable attention; not only it was lengthy but also it had a loaded agenda. Taking into account that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had also presided over the meetings during his position as Prime Minister, it is apparent that he had background information on the subjects debated. However, this time, the structure of the SSİK...
  • 29th Atak Helicopter Delivered
    29th Atak Helicopter Delivered February 7 2018
    29th T-129 ATAK attack helicopter has been delivered to Turkish Armed Forces. Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Dr. Ismail Demir, announced the delivery on his official Twitter account on 5 February.
  • Prof. Dr. Faruk Yiğit Assigned to Deputy Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries Post
    Prof. Dr. Faruk Yiğit Assigned to Deputy Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries Post February 3 2018
    The appointment decision to the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) has been published in the Official Gazette dated 3 February 2018. According to the new decision, Prof. Dr. Prof. Faruk Yiğit was appointed as the Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries. Dr. Faruk Yiğit graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1984. Yiğit graduated from Yıldız Technical University in 1987 with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1988,...
  • SSİK is over
    SSİK is over January 31 2018
    The Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSİK) was convened today under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting which was learned to have strated by 14:45 with the participation of  Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Chief of General Staff General Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence Nurettin Canikli, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu and Undersecretary for Defense Industries Dr. Ismail Demir. Presidency declared that 55 projects...
  • Demir: Altay MBT Decision To Be Made Soon
    Demir: Altay MBT Decision To Be Made Soon January 26 2018
    Turkish Undersecretary of Defence Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir said that the decision for Altay Main Battle Tank will be announced within 20 days. Answering the questions of the press at a ceremony in Ankara, Demir noted that the decision on mass production of the tank will be announced very soon. OTOKAR had the right to design Altay MBT, to produce four prototypes and to submit first bids for mass production. The company's prototype passed the acceptance tests in...
  • Airbus to Strengthen Cooperation With Turkey
    Airbus to Strengthen Cooperation With Turkey January 25 2018
    Airbus and Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries (SSM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration with Turkey and increase industrial partnership. The deal, which has been signed by Airbus Member of the Board Thierry Baril and SSM Undersecretary Prof.Dr. Ismail Demir on January 25, aims to significantly increase Airbus's business alliance with local suppliers. In this context, Airbus plans to purchase components worth over $2 billion from Turkish suppliers ...
  • Target 'Reduced' In Frigate Program
    Target 'Reduced' In Frigate Program January 15 2018
    The US Navy has set the unit cost target for the planned 355 frigate fleet as $800 million. The upper limit for the frigates set by the US Navy, which focused on developing cost-effective and fast solutions within the framework of the frigate program that started with the Request for Information released last summer, is $950 million. James Guerts, Assistant Undersecretary of the US Navy responsible for research, development and acquisition, told reporters at a conference held on January 11th ...
  • F-35s To Receive Data Exchange System
    F-35s To Receive Data Exchange System January 3 2018
    Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defence Industries has launched a new programme to provide data exchange between Turkish Air Force Information System (HvBS) and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) which are planned to be inducted in 2018. HvBS-JSF Integration Project aims to meet the Air Force's requirement for exchanging classified information between the systems in a secure and controlled environment. For the first time in the announcement of this tender, "Presidential Office, ...
  • President is TSKGV’s new Chairman
    President is TSKGV’s new Chairman December 24 2017
    According to a new decree 696 published at Official Gazette Turkish Armed Forces Foundation (TSKGV) has been associated to the Presidency. The decree says, "The Board of Trustees of the Foundation consists of Minister of National Defence, Deputy Chief of the Turkish General Staff, Undersecretary for Ministry of National Defence, Undersecretary for Defence Industries; all under the presidency of the President of the Republic." The presidency previously belonged to...
  • 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...
  • Number of Projects Reached 600
    Number of Projects Reached 600 December 20 2017
    Speaking at the Turkish Defence Industry Council meeting, Undersecretary for Defense Industries Prof. Dr Ismail Demir said the number of projects carried out by the Undersecretariat has reached 600. Demir noted that in addition to the 22 decisions made at the Defence Industry Executive Committee meeting, 40 more projects were waiting for an official kick-off. Demir emphasized the importance of development and production with national sources; noted that a large number of R...
  • New Engine On The Way
    New Engine On The Way December 18 2017
    Turkish Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries Mustafa Şeker revealed that the work on the SOM engine was continuing and studies were commenced for a more powerful engine. Speaking at the opening of the Turboshaft Engine Sub-Systems Workshop, Şeker noted that they expect the work on the SOM engine to be completed by 2018. The torque of the SOM turbojet engine is limited to 3.2 KN. The engine runs for 20 minutes. C4Defence obtained details on Şeker's comments regarding a more po...
  • Cyber Warfare Put Under The Scope
    Cyber Warfare Put Under The Scope November 27 2017
    Speaking at the International Cyber Warfare and Security Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel with the main theme of "Development and Clustering of the Cyber Security Ecosystem", Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries Mustafa Şeker announced that they wanted to create an export-oriented cluster focused on technology and innovation. Şeker said, "The widespread use of cyberspace has led to different wars in place of classical wars, and in classical war our work w...
  • STM, Launched ThinkTech: The First Tech-based Idea Center of Turkey
    STM, Launched ThinkTech: The First Tech-based Idea Center of Turkey November 23 2017
    Turkish Defence Technologies Engineering and Trade Inc. (STM) launched the first idea center in Turkey with its ThinkTech brand. Commenced by STM General Director Davut Yilmaz's opening speech, a panel called "Priority Defence Systems and Technologies of the Future of Operation Environment" was organized. "STM will transform its consulting experience, know-how, large data analysis and processing abilities, technological infrastructure and human resource power with tech...
  • Alp Aviation Hit a Major Milestone in Helicopter
    Alp Aviation Hit a Major Milestone in Helicopter November 7 2017
    Alp Aviation facilities in Eskişehir bring in significant gains for Turkey with the technology to produce the most critical parts of helicopters, namely gears, gearboxes and powertrains. The company, which will work on behalf of the Sikorsky Aircraft in the framework of Turkish Utility Helicopter Project (TUHP), has made an approximately $90m investment for gear and gearbox, rotating component, rotor assembly, flight command system and landing gear production. Thanks to this pioneer...
  • HAVELSAN's AW139 Sim Entered Inventory in Qatar
    HAVELSAN's AW139 Sim Entered Inventory in Qatar November 5 2017
    The AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter simulation training center produced by Havelsan for Qatar officially commissioned. Havelsan announced on its official Twitter account that "The opening of the Qatar AW139 Simulation Training Center was held with the participation of Turkish and Qatari Defence Ministers." The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), on its official twitter account, said, "We wish the AW139 Flight Training Center, made by Havelsan, ...
  • Liman, Appointed to Turkish MoD
    Liman, Appointed to Turkish MoD November 3 2017
    Turkish Deputy Undersecretary of Defence Industries Köksal Liman's place of duty has changed. Liman was appointed as a consultant to the Ministry of National Defence. The decision on the appointment of Liman was published in the Official Gazette dated 3 November 2017. Under the management of Liman were land vehicles, helicopters, international cooperation and subsystems. One day prior to Liman's assignment, the project on "Modernization of Combat and Utility H...
  • STM-made Alpagu In Serial Production
    STM-made Alpagu In Serial Production October 22 2017
    Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has announced the launch of mass production of the indigenous strike UAVs from its official Twitter account. SSM Undersecretary Prof. Dr. Ismail Demir contributed to this announcement from his personal official account by saying, "America has rejected our request for urgent need last year, and now look at the result." The UAVs referred to by the SSM and the SSM undersecretary are produced by Defence Technology Engi...
  • 'Kinesis In Defence' In Kyiv
    'Kinesis In Defence' In Kyiv October 10 2017
    XIV International specialized exhibition "Arms and Security - 2017", being held in Kyiv-Ukraine between 10-13 October, opened doors to visitors today. Among Turkish companies exhibiting are ROKETSAN, ASELSAN, Ares Shipyard, BMC and C2Tech. The fair has importance for Turkey in regards to the cooperation opportunities with Ukrainian companies. Undersecretary for Turkish Undersecreretiat for Defence Industries, Prof.Dr. Ismail Demir visited Turkish companies' b...
  • First FNSS Delivery To Oman
    First FNSS Delivery To Oman July 12 2017
    Turkish FNSS company has held a ceremony for the very first armored vehicle export to Oman. The company will produce a total of 172 6x6 and 8x8 armored vehicles in Oman Pars III version for the Royal Army of Oman. Pars 8x8 accomodates 12 personnel. with its 550 hp engine and 7 gears, it can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h and has a range of 700 km. The vehicle has a 25 mm gun on its turret. Pars 6x6 variant can accomodate 7 personnel and features a 483 hp engine with the same maxi...