ASELSAN

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ASELSAN A.Ş.
Type Anonim Şirket
Traded as BİST: ASELS
Industry Defence
Software
Electronics
Founded 1975 (1975)
Headquarters Ankara, Turkey
Key people M. Hacim Kamoy
(first CEO)
Faik Eken
(present CEO)
Revenue Increase US$ 834 million (2012)[1]
Employees 4,863 [2]
Website aselsan.com.tr

ASELSAN A.Ş., (Turkish: 'ASELSAN', acronym: Askeri Elektronik Sanayi, Military Electronic Industries) is a Turkish corporation that produces tactical military radios and defense electronic systems for the Turkish Armed Forces.

History[edit]

Aselsan was founded by the Turkish Army Foundation at the end of 1975[3]

The first CEO of ASELSAN was M. Hacim Kamoy.[3]

In early 1979 following an investment (for example: kartlı geçiş sistemleri[4]) and infrastructure establishment period, ASELSAN started its production, at Macunköy facilities in Ankara.[3] Since then, ASELSAN has expanded its product and customer portfolio, mostly based on indigenous research and development, locally trained personnel, and in cooperation with other Turkish research instituitions and universities.

Organization[edit]

ASELSAN is a leading electronics and electronic systems company in Turkey that designs, develops and manufactures modern electronic systems for military and industrial customers, in Turkey and abroad. The company headquarters is situated at Macunköy facilities in Ankara, Turkey. According to the field of activities, ASELSAN has been organized in four main divisions:

  • Communications and Information Technologies Division (HBT),
  • Defense Systems Technologies Division (SST),
  • Radar, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Systems Division (REHIS),
  • Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Division (MGEO).

The Communications and Information Technologies Division (HBT), Radar, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Systems Division (REHIS) and Defense Systems Technologies Division (SST) have high-technology and automated infrastructure in engineering and production at Macunköy facilities. Electronic production includes surface mount technology, multilayer and flexible printed circuit boards, mechanical and mould productions, system integration and test fields. While Communications and Information Technologies Division's main product spectrum covers military and professional communications systems, Radar, Electronic Warfare and Intelligence Systems Division's main operations are focused on radar, electronic warfare and Defense Systems Technologies Division's main operations are focused on command-control systems, making these divisions evolving technology centers in their fields. Equipped with high technology engineering, automatic production and test equipment, Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Division manufactures hybrid microelectronic circuits, night vision devices, thermal cameras, laser ranger/designators and inertial navigation systems at Akyurt facilities.

In all divisions, methodologies complying with military standards and ISO-9001 are successfully applied using computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies.

Also a member of TÜMAKÜDER[5] and IPC.[6]

Products[edit]

Identification friend or foe system

A project was signed between the Ministry of National Defense and Aselsan on December 6, 2006 to develop an identification friend or foe system (IFF) of Mode 5/S for integration into Turkish Air Force's F-4 Terminator 2020 fighters in cooperation with the Turkish IT company Netaş. Integration testings were carried out in cooperation with the BİLGEM of TÜBİTAK. Aselsan successfully completed the development of the prototypes, the integration into related platforms and all the testing activities for the IFF system in December 2012.[7][8] The indigenously developed IFF system was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces on February 27, 2013.[9]

Electronic toll collection system

Aselsan developed electronic toll collection systems KGS, OGS and HGS for use at motorways and toll bridges in Turkey. After exportation of such a system to Oman in 2008 for the Qurayyat-Sur motorway, Aselsan won in 2010 a tender worth 5.4 million to develop an electronic toll collection system and implement at 51 toll booths in Poland.[10]

Missiles[edit]

Suicides[edit]

Between 2006 and 2009, four suspicious deaths of young engineers occurred, who were working at Aselsan on highly strategic encryption and decryption projects. The cases were initially declared as suicide. Three of the four cases were relaunched in 2011 to investigate a possible link to the Ergenekon trials.[11][12]

On August 7, 2006, Hüseyin Başbilen, a 31-year old mechanical engineer working for ten years at Aselsan as a production engineer was found dead in his car.[11] His left wrist and throat were cut, his head was under the glove compartment on the passenger's side and his feet were up on the driver's seat. In 2009, a court ruled that it was suicide. In 2011, the case was reopened as part of the "Ergenekon" investigation.

On January 26, 2007, another electrical engineer, Evrim Yançeken of age 26, fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment. The cases were closed as suicide with little or no investigation.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Revenue 2009". TRT-English. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Employee-Statistic". ASELSAN. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "History". ASELSAN. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  4. ^ "kartlı geçiş sistemleri" (in Turkish). TÜMAKÜDER. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ "Members of TÜMAKÜDER" (in Turkish). TÜMAKÜDER. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  6. ^ "IPC certification". IPC. 
  7. ^ "ASELSAN'dan milli başarı". Sabah (in Turkish). 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  8. ^ "ASELSAN öyle bir şey yaptı ki...". Hürriyet Ekonomi (in Turkish). 2013-02-28. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Aselsan'ın Dost Düşman tanıma sistemi TSK'ya teslim edildi" (in Turkish). C4Defence. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  10. ^ "Avrupa yollarındaki para ASELSAN sistemiyle toplanacak". Hürriyet Ekonomi (in Turkish). 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  11. ^ a b "Ergenekon prosecutor requests ASELSAN killing file". Haber Vaktim. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  12. ^ Bostan, Yahya (2012-08-13). "ASELSAN dosyası yeniden açıldı". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  13. ^ "Indictment might shed light on ASELSAN deaths". Today's Zaman. 2011-02-25. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  14. ^ "Engineer 'was murdered,' expert says in Aselsan suicide case". Hürriyet Daily News. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 

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