From the Laboratory to the Final Product, Havelsan Seeks Innovation and Technology

Date: Issue 74 - May 2017

Havelsan, which was one of the cornerstones in the establishment of Turkey’s modern defense and aerospace industry, has been operating as a company with a focused mission for 34 years with its more than 1,300 expert staff and a total of six facilities in Turkey and the United States. Having undersigned many reference projects in the national and international markets, Havelsan  is a reliable and sustainable provider of high technology products and services in its fields of activity, as a result of innovative and sustainable strategies.

Actively engaged in the area of software intensive systems, Havelsan offers a broad range of indigenous product and service solutions in the fields of:

Command Control and Combat Systems,

Training and Simulation Technologies,

Management Information Systems, and

Homeland Security and Cyber Security Solutions

Havelsan offers these solutions both to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and to its international customers.

Competitive Solutions

Today, Havelsan is one of the most important solution providers of the TAF. The solutions developed by the company for the TAF are globally competitive as well. Among these solutions, the Command Control and Combat Systems developed for naval platforms have helped Havelsan become a significant player in the global market. The GENESİS Combat Management System (CMS) developed for Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates - which have a broad user base across the world - still constitutes the most comprehensive modernization solution for these frigates. Havelsan’s experience and knowledge in the field of CMS has also paved the way for the company’s involvement in the modernization projects for Romania’s Type 22 class frigates and Pakistan’s Agosta 90B class submarines.

Havelsan has also successfully implemented the Air Force Information System project (HvBS), which is Turkey’s largest ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) project. Various versions of the same system in different sizes have also been offered to the use of friendly and allied nations.

Training technologies is another area of activity where Havelsan is assertive. As one of the world’s leading simulator companies in the defense and aerospace industry, holding a Level D qualification certification granted by the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency), Havelsan’s operations focus on Training and Simulation Technologies, including simulators. Havelsan’s simulator solutions are preferred by the Republic of Korea and Qatar and they have also entered the civil aviation market with the Boeing 737NG simulator it has developed for THY (Turkish Airlines). In the area of training systems, Havelsan offers integrated solutions such as the Electronic Warfare Test and Training Range (EWTTR) and the Artillery Forward Observer Training Simulator (AFOS) not only to the TAF, but also to friendly and allied nations such as the Republic of Korea, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Having worked on software intensive systems for many years and holding a CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) Level 3 certification in this field, Havelsan considers the subject of cyber security - on which it has been working to ensure the security of its own systems - as a separate line of work. Besides land, air, marine and space, cyber security nowadays constitutes another field of operation - or the fifth dimension - in international conflicts. To satisfy the requirement in this area, Havelsan established Turkey’s first and only Cyber Defense Technology Center (SISATEM), putting it into service in March 2016. Havelsan also produces systems and products to meet cyber security needs that are increasing at an unprecedented pace, while also meeting the cyber security-related needs of various institutions. 

With its Cyber Security Operation Center, Cyber Software Analysis and Test services, Corporate Security Support for Public and Private Sector, Cyber Security Training, and Indigenous Cyber Security Software, Havelsan is rapidly forging ahead on the way to developing products and solutions for Turkey and friendly and allied nations, while also moving closer with each passing day towards its goal of becoming ‘Turkey’s Center of Excellence’ in Cyber Security. 

Homeland security (of which cyber security is a sub-field) is in another area on which Havelsan has focused its activities in recently. The company plays an active role in various projects across Turkey, including pipeline security, the renewal of the MOBESE system, and ensuring the security of the third airport, which is currently under construction in Istanbul and will become the world’s third largest airport.

For years, Havelsan has also been successfully meeting the management informatics system requirements of public institutions. Products like UYAP, the automation system of Turkish judiciary, and SEÇSİS, the election automation system that successfully fulfilled its task in 12 different elections, have come across as self-proven solutions.

Havelsan Becomes Globalized

Aiming to become a global player by rapidly developing its indigenous technologies, and having already achieved this position in certain areas, Havelsan is taking strategic steps toward the future. The first of these steps was the acquisition of US-based Quantum3D company by Havelsan. As a result of this acquisition, which was officially announced in May 2015 and completed in 2016, Havelsan became one of the few companies capable of completing in the image production process indigenously within its own system.

With Quantum3D joining the Havelsan family together with its 50 employees, a new page has been opened in the company’s 34 year history. With this move, Havelsan took an important step toward becoming a global company that is competitive in international markets.

Through the acquisition of Quantum3D, the company has also become a local US company. Quantum3D continues to conduct promotion and marketing activities for Havelsan’s other indigenous solutions, especially those that best meeting the various needs of customers in the US market.

Different Fields, But the Same Quality

One of the features that has brought Havelsan to an esteemed position in the world market is the fact that, although it operates in various fields ranging from command control to simulation, and from software systems for public institutions to cyber security, it carries out all these activities as a single and integrated company. This enables Havelsan to use its expertise in the field of software technologies on different software systems. Based on its many years of experience in software intensive systems, Havelsan has come to the final phase of establishing a software development platform to be used throughout the company. With this platform will enable the development of module based software, it will allow different units to jointly develop software on the same module, and establish a library of logic and Havelsan will offer faster and higher quality services to its customers.

While Havelsan believes in the importance of figures like turnover, profitability, share allocated to R&D, and exports, it is also aware that what makes a company successful is not limited to these details. Therefore, Havelsan, which has joined the National Quality Movement (UKH) organized by the Turkish Society for Quality (KalDer), aims to achieve excellence by utilizing elements of total quality management in all of its processes, business approaches, and all types of activities. According to Havelsan’s point of view, turning success into a systematic outcome through total quality management is one of the keys to competitiveness.

Havelsan Shapes the Future with Its Stakeholders

Continuing its operations with a focus on innovation and high technology, Havelsan aims to create something new rather than repeating what already exists. Fully committed to the view that this can particularly be achieved together with its stakeholders that includes academicians, universities and SMEs, Havelsan is ready to work with anyone, any university or any company that possesses the required capabilities. The company frequently meets with its potential stakeholders at specific workshopsthat  it organizes. In addition to these, it also continually carries out other work to meet with new potential stakeholders.

While Turkey aims to become one of the world’s top 10 economies by the year 2023, Havelsan is working to reach a turnover of $ 1.5 billion by the same year. Preparing its strategic plans accordingly, the company will continue to make progress by adding new stakeholders to the existing ones, and by developing its business ecosystem