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TTAF Defence, which provides solutions for the defence and aerospace sector in cabling design and the production and electromechanical assemblies, celebrated its sixth anniversary on August 23. To mark the event, a ceremony was held at Atatürk’s Mausoleum, Anıtkabir, with the attendance of the company managers and employees. Having witnessed steady growth since its foundation, the company currently employs 95 people.
During the ceremony, the wreath was laid at Atatürk’s mausoleum.
The ceremony held at Atatürk’s Mausoleum began with Ergün İşgör, General Manager of TTAF Defence, writing in the Mausoleum’s Official Memorial Book. Afterwards, a wreath-laying ceremony was held and a memorial photo was taken in front of the mausoleum. İşgör then read aloud to the company employees the message he had written in the Mausoleum’s Official Memorial Book at the Misak-ı Milli (National Pact) Tower, which he then signed. İşgör’s message read as follows:
“Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of our Republic, and the leader of the century,
We follow the path you have showed us with all our faith. And we will always keep following this path. We promise you that we will protect our homeland until the last drop of our blood has been shed, and will never allow any forces, domestic or foreign, to divide this homeland. We, as TTAF Defence, have put our hearts and souls into improving our country in the fields of defence industry, technology, science and humanity, and we continue to develop ourselves every day with the guiding light of knowledge and science.
Our great leader,
Rest in peace! This homeland is entrusted to us. Your principles and reforms are our roadmap.
May your soul rest in peace.”
New Platforms Added to Portfolio
TTAF Defence held a similar ceremony at Anıtkabir on the fourth anniversary of its establishment in 2017. Achieving a steady growth since its founding until 2017, the company had undertaken many important projects. It had contributed to platforms manufactured by various Turkish and foreign prime contractors, including:
- FNSS: PARS III 8×8 and 6×6 vehicles produced for the Royal Army of Oman
- Nurol Makina: EJDER TOMA and EJDER YALÇIN vehicles
- Otokar: COBRA, COBRA II and URAL vehicles, as well as various commercial vehicles
- Turkish Aerospace: ATAK helicopter and HÜRKUŞ aircraft
- Baykar: BAYRAKTAR TB2 UAV
TTAF Defence has also continued its growth over the last two years and taken part in many new projects, the most important of which are:
- FNSS: As a subcontractor, TTAF Defence will be in charge of cabling design and production for the Anti-Tank Vehicles (ATV) and Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicle (ZAHA) projects, whose prime contractor is FNSS. The vehicles are soon expected to enter the serial production phase. As part of these projects, the company will produce cabling for the KAPLAN-10, PARS 4×4 and Marine Assault Vehicle (MAV) vehicles. A total of 260 tracked and wheeled vehicles are to be manufactured for the ATV project, while the ZAHA project will involve the production of 27 vehicles in total.
- Turkish Aerospace: Having proven its mettle in the cabling of various aircraft, TTAF Defence will produce cabling and power distribution panels for the T-70 helicopters that are to be manufactured under the Turkish Utility Helicopter Programme. Aside from the cable bundles to be produced for the 109 helicopters being manufactured under the project, the company will also additionally produce for Turkish Aerospace cable bundles sufficient for 109 helicopters, which are earmarked for the S-70 helicopters to be manufactured by Sikorsky.
- Nurol Makina: The company has completed the cabling design for the YÖRÜK vehicles to be produced under a contract signed with Qatar, and will also be involved in the vehicle’s serial production.
- JSF Project: In 2018, TTAF Defence completed the necessary negotiations for the production of cabling for the F-35 aircraft being produced under the JSF project, signing a contract the same year.
Aside from this, the company is also contributing to various projects of ASELSAN and Roketsan.
Projected 30% Growth in 2018
In 2018, TTAF Defence grew by 30 percent on the previous year thanks to the new projects it took on. The company targets similar growth for 2019, and its workforce has reached 95 by August this year.
The company was also gained the status of an R&D centre in 2018, and has since taken on new design capabilities. The total number of projects in which the company was engaged in 2018 marked a 50 percent increase on the previous year, while R&D expenditures amounted to ₺1.5 million. The number of personnel at the R&D centre has been increased to 28, from eight at the time of its establishment. As such, the company has far exceeded its 2019 target of increasing the number of R&D personnel by 50%. The company’s total R&D budget for 2019 is ₺4 million.
The R&D centre of the company is engaged in design and development activities for new products, and is working on the indigenisation of products that are currently supplied from abroad by various prime contractors. The company has recently completed such an indigenisation project and produced prototypes. Furthermore, having assessed the project and deemed it worthy of support, TÜBİTAK has since allocated the necessary grants for its continuation.
Steps for the Future with Exports
While it is already involved indirectly in exports through the overseas sales of domestic platforms in which its products are used, TTAF Defence is also aiming for direct exports in the upcoming period to ensure the sustainability of its growth. To this end, the company has made a series of investments and entered into a strategic partnership agreement with OPTOKON, a company operating in the Czech Republic, during the last IDEF in May. Under this agreement, the company will produce OPTOKON’s tactical fibre optic communication solutions in Turkey, and is planning to export these products to such third countries as the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Slovakia.
TTAF Defence will begin to partially produce OPTOKON products in Turkey, gradually increasing the domestic contribution ratio within two years to also include the software of these products, after which it will aim for the production of 100 percent indigenous products in Turkey. TTAF Defence has taken the first steps under the agreement, completing the test production of various components for these products. The company is now preparing to launch serial production activities, and is currently waiting for the components to be certified by OPTOKON. The next phase will see the other components imported from abroad and the assembly of the final products in Turkey. And in the final stage, a domestic contribution ratio of 100% will be achieved.