Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL

Issue 109

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is implementing the strategic approach of co-creation and succeeding together throughout the ecosystem. The approach has key relevance for the defense industry that requires developing the newest technologies and systems at a rapid pace with mission sensitive assumptions and technical requirements. The defense industry is a pride of our country and the accomplishments of the defense industry, which have no bounds based on this shared approach, are guiding the entire ecosystem into new achievements. As TÜBİTAK, we are constantly diversifying new opportunities and strengthening value chains based on R&D and innovation while enabling our actors, including the defense industry, to reach new areas of technological success.  

Based on the strategic approach of TÜBİTAK, High Technology Platforms are established to bring together more than 200 ecosystem actors with a focus on strategic research programs, some of which involve functional nanostructures, electronic and optical components, new generation 3D printer manufacturing technologies as well as ultrasonic, high magnetic field and RF technologies. Our strategic approach further extends into raising co-creation based human resources to sustain new achievements in the future, including in the defense industry. In total, 24 different universities and research infrastructures have joined forces with industries in the defense sector in raising 150 doctoral students in such areas as aerospace engineering, computer science, control engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering and the basic sciences. The strategic approach of TÜBİTAK is mobilizing institutions and industries across the ecosystem.