Aselsan Secures Lucrative Contracts in the First 7 Months of 2018

Date: Issue 84 - August 2018

As a flagship of the Turkish Defence & Aerospace Sector and already a global player in its field, Aselsan, has secured around US$637.632 Million + Euro455.042 Million + TL4.329,734 Billion in contracts during January 1 – June 30, 2018 from both local and export customers to deliver its NATO-standard compliant, state-of-the-art products. The company also secured lucrative contracts during July 2018. For example, on July 2, 2018 Aselsan secured a Euro94.696 Million contract from BMC to deliver an undisclosed amount of SARP RCWSs to the Turkish Army, the Turkish Gendarmerie General Command and the Turkish Coast Guard platforms. Deliveries will take place during 2018-2021. On July 5, the Company received a US$254.725,195 Million contract from Turkish Aerospace (TA). Deliveries under the contract will take place during 2018-2022. This order probably has been given under Pakistan Army’s T129 ATAK Helicopter Project. On June 5th, Aselsan signed two contracts with the SSB valued at around TL1.5 Billion (around US$332.8 Million) to deliver a Digital Communication Network and to upgrade existing IFF systems from NATO Mark XII Mode 4 to NATO Mark XIIA Mode 5/S level.  Under the contract valued at around TL1.1 Billion Aselsan will perform development and series production as well as integration of a total of 699 NATO XIIA Mode 5/S compatible indigenous IFF Systems (Interrogators and Transponders with National and NATO crypto modules) to replace existing old generation Mode 4 IFF Systems. Under the contract Aselsan will develop long-range (up to 450km) interrogator and a national IFF Mode 5/S System for F-16C/Ds in the TurAF inventory. With this contract Turkey will become one of five countries in the world that has the capability to develop and produce indigenous NATO-standard IFF systems. NATO had declared that the Mode 4 IFF interrogator systems would no longer be used as of 2020. As such, Turkey has to upgrade/replace existing Mode 4 IFF systems with the Mode 5/S compatible systems. 

Aselsan, in cooperation with Netaş and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, has successfully developed indigenous Mk XIIA Mode 5/S IFF System under a contract awarded by the Turkish MoND in December 2006 and delivered the first two prototypes in February 2013. Prototype IFF Systems, with short-medium range interrogation capability, have been installed on a F-4E 2020 aircraft and KALKAN Air Defence Radar in 2012 for performance tests, which performed in November 2012. Then in May 2016 the company secured a new US$27,975 Million contract from the Turkish MoND to deliver an undisclosed number of IFF Mode 5 systems with short-medium range interrogation capability.

On June 8th, 2018 Aselsan secured around US$150 Million contract from Nurol Makina to deliver undisclosed number of SARP RCWSs, KORNET-E ATGM Launcher System and IGLA SAM Launcher Systems to equip Qatar Emiri Special Forces’ Wheeled Armoured Vehicles (WAVs). Deliveries will be completed in 2018. Under a contract awarded during DIMDEX 2018 Fair, Nurol Makina will deliver 214 NMS/YORUK 4x4 WAVs to Qatar Emiri Special Forces. During the Aselsan facility tour that took place on May 7, 2018 Aselsan Deputy General Manager Mustafa KAVAL disclosed that Aselsan manufactures 7 SARP RCWSs per day and around 150 in a month and as of May 7, 2018 1.458 SARP/Dual SARP RCWSs have been manufactured, 10% of them were export customers such as Kazakhstan and Qatar.