Turkish defense firms are showing their latest products, including air defense systems, at the leading defense and security exhibition in the British capital.
Nearly 30 Companies are attending the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) that is being held at London’s ExCel center on Sept. 12-15.
This year, the biennial event hosts over 2,800 defense and security suppliers, with over 230 new exhibitors showcasing their latest products and capabilities.
Turkish defense industry firms have made a significant mark at DSEI 2023, with approximately 30 companies, including industry giants like ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, BMC, and Roketsan, demonstrating their cutting-edge innovations, highlighting Türkiye’s growing role in the global defense sector.
KORKUT air defense system makes debut
In an exclusive interview with Anadolu, Ahmet Akyol, chief of the Ankara-based defense giant ASELSAN, said as an international company, ASELSAN’s presence at the exhibition with its essential products is vital for Türkiye.
He touched on the importance of air defense systems, which have gained global attention since Russia’s war on Ukraine began.
“We are exhibiting our KORKUT air defense system, which we developed for the Turkish Armed Forces, in the international arena for the first time.”
Reminding that the firms have also developed SIPER, HISAR and anti-drone systems that complement it as a family, called “GOKKUBBE,” Akyol underlined that they are also showing the concept of these systems at the exhibition.
While Türkiye is adding its national products in air defense systems to its inventory, it is also signing and progressing the export of these products with friendly and allied nations, noted Akyol.
At the DSEI, ASELSAN also debuted its new laser guidance kits, GOZDE, and a new generation of SARP, a remotely controlled stabilized weapon system.
“While we are exhibiting our products here, we are also continuing to seek new collaborations, negotiations, agreements and searches with our international partners,” he added.
‘Truly a pleasing and proud’
HAVELSAN, another leading Turkish defense firm, participates in the DSEI by exhibiting its wide range of products, including state-of-the-art C4ISR technologies for Land, Air, and Naval domains.
HAVELSAN’s General Manager, Mehmet Akif Nacar, touched on the importance of the exhibition for the company and Türkiye.
“As companies based in Türkiye, we have reached a capacity to produce world-class products and exhibit them at such large fairs,” he told Anadolu.
Nacar went on to say that showing off the indigenous products among the global giant companies shows how far the Turkish defense industry has developed.
“As the Turkish Defense Industry, we have now reached a stage where we can sell products and exhibit capabilities not only at IDEF (International Defence Industry Fair) but also at exhibitions that are accepted all over the world.”
HAVELSAN exhibits its autonomous system products, air, land and naval products as well as command control and battle management system and simulator products at this year’s DSEI, noted Nacar.
“This is truly a pleasing and proud event for our country and our companies,” he added.
Serial production of TUNA engine
BMC Power, the power group manufacturer of the Turkish defense industry, has successfully completed the first mass production task for the TUNA engine, said the company’s manager during the exhibition.
BMC Power showcased its TUNA engine with 400 horsepower at the exhibition.
Mustafa Kaval told Anadolu that they began serial production of the TUNA engine at the beginning of the year.
“This engine will have various applications, with the first one being the use of the TUNA engine in KIRPI-2 vehicles. In this regard, we will be sending our first produced engine to our Izmir factory this week. By the end of the year, it will meet the KIRPI vehicle,” he said.
Kaval also mentioned that work on 1,000 and 1,500-horsepower power groups for tracked vehicles and the ALTAY tank is ongoing.
He stressed the importance of export for the sustainability of developed and produced products and mentioned that BMC and BMC Power are working in this direction.
“We are in discussions with potential vehicle manufacturers. We have also had discussions with companies producing naval platforms. We envision using these engines we produce for our country and for friendly and allied countries.”