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The winners of the Deep Quests Competition organised by STM for the first time, with a view to developing indigenous projects and supporting the development of talent in Turkey in the field of submarines, have been announced. Over ₺100,000 in prizes was awarded to a total of six projects in two different categories at the award ceremony, held at the Istanbul Naval Museum on 11 November.
STM, which is engaged in many activities in the field of submarine design, construction and modernisation, and which has undersigned several important projects under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), organised the “Deep Quests: STM Submarine Design and Technologies Competition”. The Competition first opened to applications last year, with the first awards presented this year. The aim of the event is to offer support to the growth of knowledge, the raising of qualified human resources, and the development of national and indigenous designs in the submarine field in Turkey.
The competition is open to university students and graduates from different departments, ranging from ship building to physics, and from psychology to industrial engineering, and also to those who have prepared academic theses in the specific field over the past five years. The competition is divided into two categories, namely “Postgraduate” and “Undergraduate”. The projects are assessed by judges with experience in the maritime field, who will take the time to look at the innovativeness, creativity, feasibility, aesthetic contribution, level of detail and references of each project. The winners of the competition, along with their prizes and thesis subjects, are presented in Table 1.
The top three competitors in the Postgraduate category won ₺25,000, ₺20,000 and ₺15,000, respectively, while the highest ranking contestants in Undergraduate category won ₺20,000, ₺15,000 and ₺10,000, respectively. Furthermore, the advisers of the winning theses in both categories received awards of ₺5,000.
Deep Quests Competition Builds a Bridge Between Universities and the Sector
Expressing his opinions about the Deep Quests Competition, Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries, said: “We have come a long way in terms of indigenous and national production thanks to our numerous efforts in the defence sector. Among the projects we have undertaken to meet the needs of the Turkish Naval Forces are those focused on submarine technologies. In the current period, while we are continuing our works on the New Type Submarine Project and have launched efforts in the National Submarine (MİLDEN) Project, we attach great importance to increasing know-how in our country and transforming this knowledge into projects that create added value. As extremely complex systems, submarines involves require the input of many different disciplines, from technology to humanities. The academic studies being carried out, and the thesis advisers that guide these studies, play a particularly important role in strengthening the interdisciplinary structure and ensuring sustainability. The Deep Quests Competition, which forms a bridge between the academic world and the sector, makes a valuable contribution to increasing our country’s technological competence in the field of defence.”
“All projects applying to the competition are valuable to us”
Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, said: “As an institution with proven capabilities in the naval platforms field, both in Turkey and abroad, we believe that any initiative that feeds the local ecosystem is highly important for the future of the sector. Submarines in particular, as one of the most complex engineering fields in the world, play a critical role in defence. We organise the Deep Quests Competition to support the development of knowledge and talent in the field of submarines, with the aim being not only to raise qualified human resources, but also to allow the sector to make use of the available academic capabilities. For our first competition, being held this year, we received applications from 10 different universities and five different departments, and all the applications, each of which is very valuable to us, motivate us to contribute to the sector through the Deep Quests Competition. STM will continue to work in accordance with its goal to strengthen both the Turkish defence sector and Turkey’s position on the global market.”
Submarine Projects at Full Pace
STM is currently engaged in many submarine projects that include, but are not limited to:
- AY-Class Submarine Device/System Renewal
- New-Type Submarine
- Half-Life Modernisation of Pakistan’s AGOSTA 90B Submarines
- Half-Life Modernisation of PREVEZE-Class Submarines
STM is also making preparations for the National Submarine project.