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The Land, Naval and Air Forces Foundations were founded during 1970s with the donations of the Turkish people in order to cover Turkey’s military defense needs through national means. ASELSAN became operational in 1970 under the Land Forces Foundation (TAFF). As underlined by the founders of of ASELSAN during the foundation of the company, our basic strategy is to develop unique products and systems by making use of critical technologies.
ASPILSAN ENERGY was established in 1981 with donations of Kayseri people im organized Industrial Region. The main Share holder of our company is Turkish Armed Forces Foundation with participation rate of %98. The main purpose of setting up of ASPILSAN A.S. was to meet the general demand of Turkish Armed Forces for he rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium batteries, however, during recent years vast improvement has been achieved and today more than 100 different products could be manufactured forn the demands of civilian and military portable telecommunication devices, weapon systems, electronic/optronic equipment, and complete batteries for aircraft and helicopters.
Fields of Activity
Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM):
The main duty of SSM, the second organ established by the Defence Industry Law, is to enact the decisions taken by the Executive Committee. According to the Law, SSM has a separate legal entity, as well as its own extra-budgetary financial resources to perform the following functions:
Turkish Aircraft Industries Corporation (TUSAS) was established on June 28, 1973 under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Technology in order to reduce the foreign dependency in defense industry in Turkey.
With the decision of meeting the combat aircraft requirement of Turkish Air Force (TurAF) with F-16s, TUSAS Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) was established by Turkish and US partners in 1984 for a period of 25 years with the aim to realize the manufacture, systems integration and flight tests of F-16 that would be delivered to TurAF.
TAI was restructured in the year 2005, just before the 25 years of period came to an end, with the acquisition of foreign shares by Turkish shareholders. Along with this restructuring, TAI and TUSAS have merged under the roof of Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) and have broadened its activities. Today, known as Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI) has become Turkey’s center of technology in design, development, modernization, manufacturing, integration and life cycle support of integrated aerospace systems, from fixed and rotary wing air platforms to UAVs and satellites.
Defense Industries Research and Development Institute – SAGE was established in 1972, and is active at Lalahan Site which is 30 km. away from the city center of Ankara. The Institute is a part of TUBİTAK – The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and specializes in the field of defense industry.
The main function of SAGE is to perform research and development activities for defense systems including engineering and prototype production, starting with their fundamental research and conceptual design. Most of the projects are performed in coordination with related defense institutions.
SAGE believes international cooperation is as important as national partnerships and wishes to exchange knowledge with various partners from allied countries.