Samsun Yurt Savunma’s Latest Strategic Move: Acquisition Process of AEI Systems Completed

Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) completed the acquisition process of AEI Systems. AEI Systems, a company that is working on medium caliber cannons with a focus on 30x113 mm and 20x102 mm calibers, became a subsidiary of SYS after 80 percent of its shares were acquired by SYS. The formal process of acquisition concluded on January 15, 2023. The company took a critical step forward by acquiring United Kingdom-based AEI Systems, achieving various aims such as “becoming a medium-caliber weapon producer” and “having a UK-based subsidiary.”

Date: Issue 120 - February 2023

SYS completed its product family for small arms calibers with 12.7 m CANiK M2 QCB. The company determined the medium caliber weapons market as a target at the end of the 2010s. In this process, the company established its subsidiary UNIDEF in 2013 to run weapon integration projects, and another subsidiary, UNIROBOTICS, in 2020 to provide software, hardware, and mechatronic engineering solutions for weapon integration. As such, SYS became a company that completed its small arms product range and that developed its weapon integration capabilities, a crucial concept for medium caliber weapons.

AEI Systems slowly became ready for acquisition in this process. AEI Systems is a historied company, and its previous products still serve in many British-made air and sea platforms. These air and sea platforms are used by British Armed Forces as well as India, New Zealand, Australia, and various countries in the Arabian Peninsula.