Roketsan was an active participant in the fair, not only presenting samples from its wide product families, but signing a flurry of contracts as well. Roketsan first came to agreements regarding its ALKA Directed Energy Weapon System, and then signed a contract for ammunition procurement with Baykar.
The companies Roketsan signed a contract with regarding ALKA were Anova, Ermaksan, Meteksan Defence, Modesis, Opsin and PRF R&D. Said companies will be responsible for design, development, and delivery of various subsystems to be used in ALKA, according to the contracts signed on the first day of the fair.
In the ceremony held on the second day of the fair, Murat İkinci, General Manager of Roketsan and Haluk Bayraktar, CEO of Baykar signed another contract. The contract deals with Roketsan delivering MAM-L and MAM-C ammunition and other various equipment for Baykar’s efforts to export its BAYRAKTAR TB2 UCAV.
Roketsan Aims to Break 700 km Barrier in Space
In a special session held on the first day of the fair, titled “Roadmap for Technological Depth and Global Activities in Defence Industry”, İkinci informed the attendants regarding R&D efforts of Roketsan and shared the following: “We are the third biggest R&D company of Turkey with our 3,600 employees. It is crucial for us to increase our R&D share so we can increase our revenue even more. One of the most important tools we have for accomplishing more revenue is leaning more on exports.”
Dr. Sartuk Karasoy, VP of Roketsan was a speaker in the “Roadmap for Turkey’s Space Program” special session, also held on the first day of the fair. Dr. Karasoy informed the attendants on the launch activities of Roketsan and added the following regarding the company’s future aims: “We aim to develop Şimşek-2 Satellite Launcher, through efforts to increase altitude and payload capacity with a liquid-fuel, side-engine configuration. Our efforts continue in line with this, regarding new fuel technologies and increased scale systems.”
Dr. Karasoy also included a slide in the presentation he was doing in the session, summarising the space aims of Roketsan. In the slide, it was shown that the company aims to launch a 1.5-ton payload to 700 km of altitude with its Launching System and 3-ton payload to supersynchronous transfer orbit with its Heavyweight Launching System.