Turkey’s army has the second largest troop number after US among NATO countries. So now, Turkey is moving towards becoming a global player in the defense industry. Defense industry firms produce projects, show off their products, looking for new markets. Turkey, recently turned to forward its security field new projects. The government allocated an additional 18.7 billion TL for the modernization expenditures required by defense and security units from the 2018 budget. At the meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee, 22 projects were discussed, including the air defense system, tank modernization, electronic protection systems and ship projects. While the number of Turkish companies in the “Defense News Top 100”, which is accepted as the list of the most prestigious defense industry in the world, is rising, the list of Aselsan and Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) continued to be on the list, Roketsan is the 98th entry. Turkey, around the world began to show their products. The attack tactical reconnaissance helicopter ATAK were on negotiation with Pakistan for the export of ATAK, Thailand also followed the ATAK helicopter. Unmanned aerial vehicle (IHA) ANKA was taken seriously with Malaysia and Chile attempted to give Aselsan tank modernization. In addition to Roketsan’s artillery rockets, tactical missile systems are used by both the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and the armed forces of friendly and allied countries abroad.
Air defense system developed by Aselsan of Turkey’s hand named Atılgan and Zıpkın are very low altitude and short range being used for air defense. Turkey’s first original medium altitude air defense system Hisar-A which is still be testing will go into production in 2020. Bora fuze, which is produced under license and has a maximum hit capability with national possibilities, has reached to maximum 280 km range is also added to TSK inventory. Kasırga TR-300 fighter increased the striking power of the Land Forces. Long-range anti-tank missile system developed by Roketsan, UMTAS, is a long-range anti-tank weapon system that can be integrated into various platforms such as helicopter, IHA (Unmanned aerial vehicle), land vehicle, fixed platform, light attack aircraft, sea platform and is effective against all armored systems. OMTAS, developed by Roketsan, is an anti-tank missile system developed to fire through a tripod in a composite tube. Cirit is a system that provides cost effective solution with high precision against fixed and moving targets with light armor or armor that can be integrated into various platforms such as helicopter, IHA (Unmanned aerial vehicle), land vehicle, fixed platform, light attack aircraft, sea platform. Stamp is a ball-and-gun system with remote control developed for land and sea platforms. The production of the National Infantry Rifle (MPT-76) produced without technical support from abroad will also gain momentum. The modular structure, PUSAT, which can be used with a wide range of weapon systems, will speak for itself in the defense industry with low operating costs. PUSAT is paying close attention with a settlement rate close to 100 percent. The vehicle designed and manufactured by TÜMOSAN has a 100% durability with a spindle, gearbox, power transmission, suspension and electronic systems. The new generation 4-cylinder TÜMOSAN engine used in PUSAT, automatic TUMOSAN transmission and power transmission system provide 30% fuel saving. Different weapons and ballistic protection systems and electronic equipment can be added to the car. In this way, the design of the vehicle can be tailored to the desired task profile.
Progress also continues in 2018. Defense and aviation sector also experienced an increase in export performance. Main and sub contractors operating in the defense industry continue to add new products in 2018 to their activities under contracts signed with procurement authorities. As a result of these efforts, Turkey, unmanned aerial vehicle (IHA) capabilities in the platform moved to a new spot.
The first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system, which can autonomously fly and navigate under night and day conditions beyond the sight line with satellite control, it was made available to the Turkish Air Force. 2 air vehicles named ANKA-S and related system, national flight control computer, national aircraft control computer and national friendly / enemy recognition system as one of the most competent systems of its class as safety and operational capability. ANKA-S will contribute to security forces for intelligence, exploration and surveillance purposes.