Menatek’s founder Kazım Ünal passed away in May. Ünal, with founding Menatek, brought many technologies to Türkiye, domesticated many subsystems, produced thousands of parts to reduce foreign dependency of Türkiye and contributed Menatek to export to 23 countries. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Ünal was raising a new generation to carry Menatek into the future.
We talked with Naz and Mehmet Ünal, representing this new generation, on what awaits Menatek and what kind of legacy Kazım Ünal built in the company, in the Turkish edition of MSI TDR.
Menatek enjoyed a significant growth both in revenue and employment during the corporate transformation process the company commenced a few years ago, and the company then created new organisational units to make this growth sustainable. Menatek continues its export-oriented investments and prepares to receive AS9100 certification, while the company’s BOQU Scooters brand was its first step in a different sector.
Naz Ünal summarises the rest as follows: “Our father left us a young sycamore, and we will do whatever that is necessary to grow this young sycamore further. We will harmonise the company’s values with our dear father’s principles and make Kazım Ünal immortal in a sense.”
İTÜ, where Kazım Ünal graduated from, will have a scholarship programme named after him.
PEMT 2022 Presented a Case for the Potential of Energy Sector for Defence and Aerospace
The National Technologies in the Petroleum Industry (PEMT) event, organised by TPAO (Turkish Petroleum Corporation) as a part of its initiative for the development of national platforms, systems, devices, and equipment, was held for the third time on 16-17 May. The event hosted many talks regarding the needs of the country in this field and how to meet them, and representatives from defence and aerospace sector, another strategic sector like energy, also attended. The event presented a case for the business potential of energy sector for the defence and aerospace sector. ARMELSAN, the company that developed KAŞİF work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and SDT, the company that developed National Seismic Data Analysis Software Orhun, represented the sector in the event. ARMELSAN was also one of technical session sponsors for the event, and the company’s KAŞİF ROV is already in use of TPAO’s drill ships. The KAŞİF product family is still being developed, with KAŞİF 3 being showcased in PEMT 2022 display area.
We, as MSI TDR, followed PEMT 2022 on-site and we expected defence and aerospace companies to participate heavily in an event like this, with many more companies attending. However, we encountered a situation that is precisely the opposite. The participation from companies specifically invited by TPAO was very low.
All parties must consider the reasons seriously why a crucial event that can bring two of Türkiye’s most strategic sectors together did not see any kind of relevant attention.
YALTES’ Combat Management System Solutions Serve in 29 Countries’ Navies
As YALTES prepares to celebrate its 20th foundation anniversary in October, the products of the company continue to enjoy attention all around the world. The Combat Management System (CMS) solutions of YALTES for surface vessels were first developed with the production capabilities acquired with the support of Thales in the first few years of the company. With Turkish indigenous system and platform projects like GENESİS and MİLGEM, YALTES also started to develop indigenous CMS solutions to meet the needs of Turkish Naval Forces Command.
YALTES have become a global centre of excellence for CMS solutions recently, and the company offers a very wide product and service line-up, including consoles and cabinets, combat system data networks, combat system video feeds, support/interface solutions, sensor and weapon integration, mission system for small and light platforms and an integrated coastal surveillance system.
Some of the platforms like frigates, corvettes, amphibious ships, support and supply ships, offshore patrol vessels, fast attack craft and coast guard boats that utilise YALTES’ solutions for combat management do have all their combat management systems other than sensors and weapons from YALTES. The company’s CMS products are in service in around 50 surface platforms in Türkiye, and in 29 countries’ navies spanning 5 continents around the world.
YALTES also developed its own CMS solution with the experience it gained through various modernisation and integration projects. The system is named YALTES Mission Management System (YMMS) and developed with a focus on low tonnage platforms.
Another development this experience brought was the submarine CMS solutions YALTES developed for various submarine platforms. YALTES took part in the MÜREN-AY project that was commenced for the modernisations of AY class submarines serving in Turkish Naval Forces Command. YALTES continues to develop its skills in this field since 2016, with its final target being the National Submarine (MİLDEN) project.
YALTES also puts a great deal of importance on the domestic product ratio in its CMS solutions and aims to go above and beyond the requirements of its clients as its capabilities develop.
SYS Continues to Exhibit the Remade M2 Heavy Machine Gun in its Motherland
Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) presented its .50-cal CANiK M2 QCB heavy machine gun in NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits event, held in May, after the weapon was showcased to the American public in SHOT Show in January. As such, CANiK M2 QCB heavy machine gun made its second debut in the USA where the first version of the weapon was first developed. The qualification tests for the machine gun are to conclude soon, and after that, the performance of the firearm will be certified by Turkish users as well.
Developing and producing a highly advanced version of a weapon like M2 machine gun, a firearm that has been effective in the battlefield for almost a century and showcasing it in the USA is not an ordinary achievement of Turkish defence and aerospace industry.
This development proves that Turkish defence and aerospace sector has achieved a great milestone, once had to deliver its indigenous platforms with indigenous turrets to their users but unarmed.
After qualification process is completed, we can safely say Türkiye will export CANiK M2 QCB to many more countries.
The next targets for Turkish defence and aerospace industry will be achieving similar successes in greater calibres and areas, as Turkish defence and aerospace industry gains the necessary experience and motivation with this critical achievement.
We wish to be with you again, our dear readers, in our July issue that will include the important developments of June.