You can read the news article published in the DSEI’19 Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:
Having achieved great success with its CANİK brand of handguns, which can today be found in the inventories of many countries around the world, Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) is participating at DSEI 2019 with its service handguns that have proven themselves in the field. The sub compact handgun TP9 SUB ELITE, designed for special missions, and the TP9 SFT, developed in line with the needs of operational units, will be introduced to European users for the first time at DSEI 2019. Among the CANİK handgun-compatible solutions that will be showcased by SYS at the event is the Simunition solution, known as the most realistic training system in the world, and its ammunition, the FX.
SYS developed the CANİK TP9 SUB ELITE considering the needs of current TP9 SFx users for a smaller yet effective handgun for other types of missions. The handgun has a more compact design, but with no compromise to performance, and is a service handgun that has been optimized for special missions. SYS will be marketing this gun in the United States as the TP9 ELITE SC.
As the smallest member of the TP9 family, and with a total length of 170.5 mm, SUB ELITE can be easily carried in the pocket of a jacket. The handgun has many of the functions expected of a standard-sized weapon, but with a compact structure and a double row 12-round magazine. SYS will also be offering its customers a wide range of accessory options as well as 15-round and 17-round magazines.
A Single Gun in Two Different Sizes
All of the critical components of both the SFx and SUB ELITE models of the TP9, such as the control mechanisms, are identical. Personnel equipped with SUB ELITE will actually be carrying a single handgun whose size can be increased or reduced, removing the need to carry two different handguns for two different types of missions. Personnel can carry the SFx model during normal missions, and the SUB ELITE model when performing duties requiring civilian attire, such as bodyguard duties. A user who has received training in the 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.”
SYS has developed the TP9 SFT specifically for special operation forces. The SFT METE model, which can be used with a mounted silencer, was put through its paces by Turkish Special Forces Command for one month, and was found to perform satisfactorily by the users.
The TP9 SFT METE has a size between that of a TP9 METE and a TP9 SFx handgun. The aim of this design was to develop a single-size weapon that could satisfy varying 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.
The Simunition training system, which was introduced by SYS in collaboration with General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems Canada (GD-OTS), stands out as the most realistic firearm training system in the world. FX ammunition is manufactured specifically for use with this training system. SYS has erected a special firing cabin on its stand at DSEI 2019 where users can try out the Simunition system first hand.
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 that are capable of firing FX ammunition are being manufactured for the CANİK TP9-series of handguns through a cooperation agreement between SYS and GD-OTS. CANİK has thus 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 into the handgun, ensuring a safe training environment, and allow the handgun’s semi-automatic mechanism to function with FX ammunition’s lower pressure. Simunition kits usually include a slide, a different barrel and a recoil spring, and 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.”
2019 Target is to Manufacture 250,000 Handguns
Manufacturing 180,000 handguns last year, SYS has increased its 2018 turnover by 80 percent in terms of US dollars. In 2019, SYS aims to manufacture 250,000 handguns 75 percent of which will be for overseas markets. SYS handguns have already entered the inventories of many agencies in Europe and Southeastern Asia. Having raised its profile with the awards it has received in the United States, SYS will soon launch the CANİK USA brand, and will establish a regional office in the United States to manage its activities in the North and South American market.
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.”