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Interview

Turkey’s Superior Performance in Land Platforms at Home and Abroad

In our in-depth interview with SSM - Land Platforms Department Head, Mr. Fatih Yakıcı, we discuss the sector’s last two years, the many fruitful programs in progress and SSM’s direction to continue offering systems based on cutting-edge technology developed for Turkish security forces while implementing new approaches to focalize program partners and suppliers to increase the local participation rate, setting the stage for a more efficient future for this presently strong sector in Turkey’s defense industry

Issue 77

Defence Turkey: Mr. Fatih Yakıcı, first of all thank you for your time. You are about to leave a year behind with your task as the Head of Land Platforms. What kind of term did you leave behind from the day you took office? Could you please evaluate this one-year period?

Since 2016, our department has realized various projects and achieved rapid deliveries in parallel with the increasing demands of requirement owners. In 2016, 11 contracts were signed and 8 RFPs were published. As of the beginning of 2017 up until now, we have signed 5 contracts. In line with these contracts, approximately 900 armored vehicles were delivered to the requirement owners in 2016, and since the beginning of 2017 until today, approximately 500 armored vehicles have been delivered to the requirement owners. In addition, studies related to our development projects were also performed intensively during this period. We also focused on generating projects for the integration of engines and transmissions, axles, suspension systems developed by our companies for our armored vehicles during this period.