Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS), which has captured attention as a result of the critical projects it has undertaken in Turkey as well as its export achievements, is displaying for the first time at IDEF’19 its TP9 SUB ELITE, Turkey’s first striker fired subcompact handgun with a polymer frame that is manufactured under the CANİK brand, as well as its TP9 SFT, which has been optimized for the Special Forces Command. At the exhibition, SYS is also showcasing Simunition, which is known as the most realistic training system in the world, along with the systems special FX ammunition. The system is being introduced to Turkey for the first time by SYS.
A Concealed Weapon for Covert Operations: TP9 SUB ELITE
SYS has developed the CANİK TP9 SUB ELITE by taking account the needs of users that use the TP9 SFx handgun as their official handgun, but also need a small and concealable yet efficient handgun. Since receiving an order for 25,000 SFx handguns for the Special Operations Department of the Turkish National Police (TNP) a couple of months earlier, SYS has to date made delivery of 12,500 of the total.
The SUB ELITE model has been designed as a smaller version of SFx, and boasts a more compact design with no compromise to performance, and as a duty handgun that can meet all requirements of special missions.
As the smallest member of the TP9 family, with a total length of 170.5 mm, SUB ELITE can even be carried in a jacket pocket. The handgun has many of the functions expected of a handgun of standard size thanks to its compact structure and its double row 12-round magazine.
A Single Gun in Two Different Sizes
All critical details of both of the models of TP9, SFx and SUB ELITE, such as the control mechanisms, are identical. If the Special Operations Department selects the SUB ELITE model, its personnel will actually be carrying a single handgun whose size can be increased or reduced, instead of carrying two different handguns for two different types of missions. Personnel may carry the SFx model during normal missions, and the SUB ELITE model while performing roles requiring them to wear suits, such as on bodyguard duty. A user who has received training in SFx model will be able to use SUB ELITE model with the same level of ease without the need for additional training.
SYS had to overcome many design-related challenges while developing the SUB ELITE version of TP9, as explained by Utku Aral, General Manager of SYS: “We had to reduce the size of this handgun without compromising on ergonomics. We had to offer our users a handgun that could be properly gripped and controlled, but that was large enough not to disappear into the palm, but also small enough to be carried in a jacket pocket. Meanwhile, the handgun’s accuracy should not decrease when its barrel is shortened, and its dispersion values should remain the same. In the end we came up with a handgun that is small but which demonstrated optimum dispersion during shooting.”
TP9 SFT METE Comes Suppressor Ready
SYS developed the TP9 SFT taking into account a requirement of the Turkish Armed Forces Special Forces Command. The SFT METE version, which can be used with a suppressor, was subjected to tests by the Special Forces Command for one month and was found to perform satisfactory by the users.
The TP9 SFT METE has a length that is between that of the TP9 METE and TP9 SFx handguns currently used by various official institutions in Turkey. The intention behind this design was to come up with a single size that could accommodate mission requirements in different conflict settings. Thanks to the metric threads (M13 x 1 LH) on the barrel of SFT METE, it is possible to attach a suppressor. The handgun is provided with a muzzle protection cap so that those threads permitting different types of suppressors to be attached on the handgun are protected against external factors. The Warren branded suppressor height fibre-optic sights that is standard on the handgun, allows the shooter to retain full vision of the target when a suppressor is mounted.
Most Realistic Training System in the World: Simunition
The Simunition training system, which was introduced to Turkey by SYS in collaboration with General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada (GD-OTS), stands out as the most realistic training system in the world when it comes to firearms. FX ammunition is manufactured specifically for this training system. SYS has a special shooting cabin on its stand at IDEF 2019 where users can experience the Simunition system.
Developed by GD-OTS, a global leader in this field, Simunition is a training system that has been designed for short-range training for armed forces and law enforcement personnel, and offers the most realistic non-lethal experience. The Simunition system maximizes the perception of reality during training with its patent-protected FX marking ammunition, while the non-toxic paint content of the ammunition permits the fully safe performance of training with a muzzle speed of 110-150 m/sec. Indispensable for professionals whose lives depend on best possible training with these properties, Simunition has become the most popular training system among soldiers and police officers across the globe over the past 15 years.
Simunition Kits Specific to CANİK TP9
Licensed Simunition kits capable of firing FX ammunition are manufactured for the CANİK TP9-series handguns based on a cooperation between SYS and GD-OTS. CANİK has joined the ranks of the few brands that offer realistic training simulation through licensed Simunition kits.
Designed specifically for each weapon, these kits make it impossible to load live ammunition in the handgun, ensuring a safe training environment, and make it possible for the handgun’s semi-automatic mechanism to function with FX ammunition with a lower pressure. Generally consisting of such components as a slider kit, a different barrel and a recoil spring, these kits can be easily mounted on the handgun and removed by the user.
Speaking about the cooperation between SYS and GD-OTS, Aral said: “Before beginning the design process of these kits for any light weapon, GD-OTS first decides whether such an investment would be rational, taking into account the arms manufacturer’s position in the market and its annual production. I do not think they hesitated to make an investment decision when they saw our production figures in the OYTG Project, as well as the success of our projects completed in export markets such as Europe, Asia and Africa, and our potential in those markets.”
180,000 Handguns Manufactured in 2018
Sys has increased its 2018 turnover in US dollars by 80 percent, manufacturing 180,000 handguns in the same year. Sales to export markets accounted for 65 percent of this production volume, with handguns delivered mostly to the Philippines, Poland and Ukraine.
SYS delivered more than 45,000 TP9 METE handguns in Turkey as part of the Indigenous Local Handgun Development (ÖYTG) Project. The firm aims to bring this number to 70,000 by the end of May and to complete the project three months ahead of schedule. SYS has also sold 26,000 handguns to different public agencies in Turkey in 2018.
Having closed 2018 with great success, SYS has even higher expectations for 2019. The company completed the delivery of 10,000 handguns under a contract awarded by the Philippines National Police (PNP) early in 2018. It has won another contract for 26,000 handguns in the Philippines and it will complete deliveries in 2019. SYS is also one of the two shortlisted companies in a tender for the procurement of 400,000 handguns under a multi-year contract in Brazil. The company is expecting to win this contract soon, and has also entered the final phase of another contract for which it is vying in Malaysia.
CANİK Joins Global League
SYS was one of the two finalists in a tender launched by the Danish Armed Forces in 2018, but lost to its foreign competitor. Commenting on their ongoing marketing operations in the Danish market, Aral said: “A new tender has been launched by the Danish Police for the purchase of handguns. The company that was our competitor in the tended held by the Danish Armed Forces is currently experiencing problems regarding deliveries, which reinforces our position in the new tender.”
Aral summarized CANİK’s global position as follows: “We positioned our brand in the same segment as such Western manufacturers as Glock and SIG in 2018. CANİK handguns have a price close to the products of those companies, but we are offering a more cost-effective solution as our handguns come with many accessories.”