Noting that, unlike previous deliveries, Kaşif, the buyer of the local and national global positioning system, has been integrated into this project, Varank made the following assessment:
“Domestic and national Explorer buyers were used in the delivered kits. It is a very important development that eliminates foreign dependency. In addition, providing our 3rd Air Maintenance Factory Directorate with HGK production capability is another important issue that should be emphasized.”
“We turned the embargo in our favor”
Pointing out that the political independence of the countries has passed from the independence in the defense industry, Varank stated that they neutralized the secret and open embargoes against Turkey in this field with domestic and national production.
Reminding that there is an embargo for the cameras used in Turkey’s SİHAs, Varank said, “However, did this intimidate us? We managed to turn this to our advantage. We produced the products they did not provide locally, we have now started to use these cameras in our SİHAs. We also get very good feedback from our soldiers. ” he used his words.
“We are working to strengthen our technological competence”
Emphasizing that they have determined the defense industry as one of the focus areas in the 2023 Industry and Technology Strategy, which they prepared in the light of the National Technology Move, Varank explained that they are working non-stop in public-university-private sector cooperation to clinch technological competence in this field.
Stating that they increased the contribution to the defense industry day by day with support programs, infrastructures and research institutes, Varank said:
“TUBITAK SAGE, one of the architects of today’s delivery, is one of our institutions that started the national smart ammunition and national missile revolution of our country with its capacity and capabilities. TÜBİTAK SAGE brought Turkey’s first bunker-piercing bombs and our first national cruise missile to the inventory of our Air Force. In this way, our aircraft can point to their target from a distance of 250 kilometers. “We continue to work on Bozdoğan and Gökdoğan, Turkey’s first national air-to-air missiles that will increase our army’s air dominance. Of course, we also attach special importance to the localization of the subsystems of these munitions. The Global Positioning System integrated into the HGK-82s delivered today.” “Our receiver, Kaşif, is one of them. It is very important that we nationalize them. We have to bring them to a level that can compete in the world. We will gain another important capability with the use of Atlas, our Inertial Measurement Unit developed by TÜBİTAK SAGE, in national munitions.”
“Thanks to our support, the project pool is expanding”
Varank stated that in addition to the infrastructure creation function, they also provided various supports to defense industry projects, and used the following statements:
Emphasizing that homeland defense is a whole with land, air, sea, cyber world and space, Varank said that Turkey’s soft power is the most important part of its deterrence as well as its wrist power.
In this context, Varank stated that they have taken steps to strengthen the power of the Turkish defense industry in coordination with all institutions.
“MKEK will act much faster”
Referring to the planned change in the structure of the Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK), Varank said:
“Unfortunately, the opposition is carrying out a very dirty disinformation saying that ‘MKEK is being privatized’. We are sad to follow that some unions have played this trick. We need to underline one thing in particular. According to the bill to be discussed in the parliament, MKEK will not be privatized, on the contrary, it will continue to protect its public identity by law. It will turn into a public joint stock company subject to the provisions of private law in the Treasury, whose management, rights and authorities are under the Ministry of National Defense. The rights of its employees will be protected until the end. Despite many structural problems, MKEK has made great strides in recent years. As a public company, it will become a more efficient and much more competitive company. “It will both strengthen the strength of the Turkish Armed Forces and contribute greatly to our exports. Just as there are companies that can act much faster, such as ASELSAN, ROKETSAN, HAVELSAN, MKEK will become one of them.”
Noting that the logic of the private sector should be brought to institutions in order to be competitive in the transforming world, Varank added that he believes the transformation that MKEK will experience will also be beneficial.