Domestic solution for UAV systems from ASELSAN


Varank visited Akyurt facilities where ASELSAN’s Microelectronics Guidance and Electro-Optics Sector Presidency is located. Varank was accompanied by Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology Mehmet Fatih Kacır and ASELSAN Chairman and General Manager Haluk Görgün. Receiving information about future planning with the new systems developed by ASELSAN, Varank examined the studies on site.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA) after his visit, Varank said that ASELSAN developed and produced electro-optic and avionic systems especially at Akyurt facilities.

Turkey’s to produce their own technologies that are in great efforts in recent years attracted attention Varank, “One of the most important areas of the defense industry. Many countries Turkey currently open or secret embargo applies, brings many product constraints. We catch in recent years vigorously together Turkey, nativism in the ratio of 20 per cent over the 70 percent interest in the defense industry. ” he spoke.

Varank, as well as the products produced at platform level, highlighting the importance of producing in the equipment in them, “If you do not produce a system yourself arrival if you be in a very critical part is that you can not use systems. Therefore, ASELSAN facilities in Akyurt to reduce dependence on foreign sources in Turkey in this sense and important in terms of developing value added products. ” found the assessment.

“In active use”

Giving information about the electro-optical reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting system “CATS” developed by ASELSAN for air platforms, Varank said:

“These are systems that both observe and perform laser marking in unmanned aerial vehicles. Recently, Canada has started to embargo CATS systems purchased by Bayraktar and banned its export. This system developed by ASELSAN has been successfully tested in UAVs and is currently active. The cameras used in UAVs, which are restricted to purchase from abroad, were these systems, and they were made very successfully here. “

Varank, stated that ASELSAN’s significant capabilities in electro-optical field, told us that is very important to develop systems related to Turkey’s defense and security.

Pointing out that the company has also developed offensive systems, Varank said:

“ASELSAN, especially with the very important ability in the field of aviation. Avionic systems and also developed here, system related to their management. The coming period, Turkey’s most important platform of ASELSAN very effective in avionics systems will produce. All of these systems are being designed, developed on the plane to our being made applications for our helicopter. Both our companies producing these platforms and ASELSAN, which supports them in this sense, are doing very successful works. “

“We are working with TÜBİTAK SAGE and İLTAREN in the field of defense industry”

Varank reminded that together with the affiliates of the ministry, TÜBİTAK Defense Industry Research and Development Institute (SAGE) and TÜBİTAK Advanced Technologies Research Institute (İLTAREN), they also operate in the defense industry.

Varank stated that the talks about what can be done in the next period were also discussed during the ASELSAN visit and continued as follows:

“The capabilities we see here and the investment in people are really impressive. We will be able to see ASELSAN much more successfully both in the defense industry and in other commercial systems in the coming period. Turnover and export figures for the last year were announced recently. 7 companies among the world’s largest defense industry companies. ASELSAN has one of them. I hope both here and using the capabilities of the infrastructure in other ASELSAN of Turkey will be able to see a much more successful in the future. “