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This thread dedicated to capabilities and capacities of the test and production facilities of the Turkish Defense Industry.
 
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MKEKresmi Energetic Materials Production Facility




🔹Established in 12 months with an investment of $25 million
🔹RDX, HMX, and CXM raw materials to be used in ammunition and rockets will be produced
🔹Annual production capacity of 200 tons
🔹Total area of 45 thousand m2

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Autonomous production is carried out.


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Ammunition production from light calibers to heavy rockets/shells.


Mite defense will produce 360 million cartridges per year in different calibers for the army with the production facility it established in Çorum. Mite belongs to Ahlatcı group as well.

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Istiklal defence facility Kirikkale production capacity;
5,56/7,62 and 9mm 2 billion piece/year
40mm 200000 pieces/year,
60/81mm 100000 piece/year,
120mm 50000 piece/year,
120mm rocket 50000 piece/year,
155mm HE 50000 piece/year
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In addition to these private companies, Roketsan and MKE are also making new investments to increase their production capacity to meet intense demand coming from abroad. I think when these investments are completed and together with private sector facilities, Turkiye will probably become one of the strongest production bases in Europe.

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According to the decision published in the Official Gazette; state; will support Assan Group Makine Savunma Sanayi A.Ş., which will produce bombs, bomb bodies and mortar ammunition. The company, which will be allocated space in Ankara, Bolu and Kırıkkale, will produce 129,970 bombs, bomb bodies and mortar ammunition per year. In the decision proposing investment support of 808 million 702 thousand 814 TL, the company will also benefit from customs duty exemption, VAT exemption, VAT refund and 100 percent tax reduction. In addition, the company will be provided with support such as insurance premium employer share support, income tax withholding support for 10 years, and qualified personnel.

The company, which was given an investment period of 7 years, will produce
11,200 bombs,
43,770 bomb bodies
75,000 mortar ammunition per year at the designated facilities,


Above is existing Factory, beneath is planned one.

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Their Product Range:

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Large Caliber Ammo:

- Tank, Artillery, Naval, MLRS

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New Roketsan facility in Kırıkkale
  • 9500 acres area
  • "Thousands" new engineers and technicians
  • March 2023 engineering activities commence
  • Mid 2024 completion of facility
  • 35 million+ USD investment
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A quite underrated Player in the Defence Sector is Nurol Teknoloji

Nurol Teknoloji is a Nurol Holding company established in 2008 to produce advanced technique ballistic ceramics. Since the day it was established, it has prioritized research and development and has made significant progress in product development studies even by developing and producing the high-temperature sinter furnaces required for production infrastructure. In the past 12 years, it has continued the journey that started with advanced technique ceramics, together with ballistic solutions

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> The Building is right next to FNSS (Owned by Nurol Holding 51%)

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> Facility:

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Products:

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Garanti Composite is also another company that produces ballistic solutions.


A Turkish soldier with a helmet produced by Garanti composite.

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Ballistic steel production:

Oyak CEO: "Our group companies produced the raw material of the heat-treated high-strength steels including the R&D work and Miilux OY produced the final product. Today, with our facility in Turkiye, we can meet all of the armor steel needs of armored vehicles produced in Turkiye. In particular, protection is provided against explosion and shock waves with our Protection 280T, 360T, 440T products, and against ballistic penetration with our Protection 450T, 500T and 600T products. "One of our biggest sources of pride is that we started submarine steel production.

Miilux OY still carries out production in its facilities in three countries. The production capacity at the three facilities reached 38,000 tons per year. The production made in the Türkiye facility alone reaches 14,000 tons per year"

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TUSAŞ Additive Manufacturing Facility


Additive manufacturing is a production process where material is added.Unlike conventional methods , material is not subtracted.In traditional manufacturing methods, the scrap generated when processing materials is not present in additive manufacturing, making it a more cost-effective approach.Additive manufacturing also enables the production of more complex geometries.And TUSAŞ is one of the companies who closely following this important production technology.TUSAŞ has been working on additive manufacturing for approximately 10 years.Last year, a specialized department focusing on this field was established within the organization.


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This unit consists of a total of 26 individuals, including 10 technicians and 16 engineers.The studies in the field of additive manufacturing are being conducted in parallel with global developments, in Türkiye.A $15 million investment has been made/is being made.


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The technology investments made within the unit are divided into two groups (polymer and metal) based on the material axis.


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Within the facility, there is a machine that utilizes electron beams to melt powders, shaping them into three-dimensional geometries.Three more machines will be procured over time.The technology used in the machines to be procured will be fundamentally similar to EBM, but instead of melting powders with electron beams, they will be melted using laser energy.The machines producing metal parts are involved in a design/production process exclusively dedicated to aircraft components.


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With its production capability in the polymer side, it manufactures products that facilitate the work of other units within TUSAŞ, such as aircraft parts, production support equipment, demonstration pieces, molds, fixtures, and accessories.


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While producing a mold using traditional methods may take months, the infrastructure here allows for the production of the same mold in just a matter of weeks.The infrastructure and capability here significantly accelerate the process, especially in prototype projects.Therefore, the demand for these machines usually arises when there is a need for rapid production.


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Demo of the air intake of the ANKA Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).



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The geometric accuracy of everything produced is measured with a portable device.Collision, warping, or any errors made during production are checked in the quality control area.


(Information provided here is taken from the interview video of Hakan Çelik and Dr. Remzi Ecel.)


 
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Ongoing infrastructure investment

TAI Wind tunnel center (It is said to be one of the most advanced wind tunnel in the World)

Operational:2022
Cost: 1,5 billion TL
Place: Ankara

The facility contains following capabilities;
  • Big Subsonic Wind Tunnel
  • Trisonic Wind Tunnel (Up to 5 Mach)
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TF-X MMU R&D, Analyse and Test Building
  • 3000 Aerospace engineers will work there.
  • TF-X MMU will be shaped in this facility
  • Supercomputers with 10.000 core each will serve in this facility.
  • It will be operational in 2021.
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TAI Composite Production Facility (Fourth biggest in World)
  • This facility will meet %2 of World composite production
  • 95000m2
  • TF-X MMU fuselage composites will be supplied from there
  • Industry 4.0 fully autonomy production processes
  • It will be operational in 2021
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TAI-Tübitak Near field RCS test & analyse facility & TAI-Far field RCS test facility
  • The facility will analyze/test critical RCS figures of aircraft up to 25m length.
  • According to the information, There are 4 facilities that are on the same level as the TAI’s RCS facility.
  • RCS info has to be kept secret so this facility has serious importance to protect the key features of TF-X.
  • It will be operational in 2021.
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TAI Fully Anechoic Chamber facility
  • Totally enclosed test facility
  • EMI/EMC tests
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TAI Lightening test facility


  • Up to a million Volt electricity will be able to be given to platforms
  • Hizal Institute is charged with developing system
  • Drones, helicopters, and other fixed-wing platforms will be tested there

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TUSAŞ Composite Manufacturing Facility


Composite material production can be described as a process that involves incorporating two or more different types of materials, leveraging their strengths to create a superior material. Here, the materials used could be various types such as carbon, glass fiber, or Kevlar among many others. Additionally, the process often involves pre-impregnated resin cloths made up of reinforcing materials and filler substrates known as matrices, which not only fill the voids but also provide both flexibility and toughness to the material. These manufacturing methodologies are indispensable for the sector.



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The machinery seen here marks the beginning of the process in terms of composites within the facility. It can also be described as a machine where templates resulting from substantial design and manufacturing engineering activities, adhering to specific fabric orientations in certain geometries, are brought to life and where fabrics are cut. The fabrics used here arrive pre-impregnated with resin and suitably packaged. The fabric is cut here using numerical control and various blades at the end, then transferred to the next station.



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The fabric laying activity is performed by positioning the fabric onto laser lines on top of composite moulds. The laying process can also be carried out using machines. Within the facility, operations are also conducted using a robotic arm to lay much finer fibres or threads onto suitable moulds.



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The work carried out here results in a structure too thick to be done by hand, and due to the requirement for a robust structure, the use of a robotic arm in the process is preferred.



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At CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machine) stations, precise measurements are taken for the finished parts. This process ensures whether the part has been manufactured within the desired tolerances or not.



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The facility also houses autoclaves, which are capable of heating up to 260 degrees Celsius and pressurizing the chamber with Nitrogen up to 10 bars. These devices allow precise control over temperature and pressure.The autoclave is equipped with necessary sensors and alarms to prevent any potential accidents in case a person is inadvertently inside, ensuring safety measures are in place. Unlike other autoclaves in the facility, the lid of the autoclave seen in the picture opens with the help of a crane.



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Thermoplastics stand out as a significant topic expected to gain substantial importance in the field of composite production in the future.They offer both recyclability and the potential for much faster processing.Within the facility, necessary research and development efforts are being carried out in this regard.



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Parts produced are coming out larger than the desired dimensions at the beginning. Subsequently, the parts undergo processes such as cutting and drilling to achieve the final required measurements. The machines used in this process have the capacity for cutting and measuring at a micron level of precision.The machine also has systems inside that verify the accuracy of the cut part.



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In the final stage, parts undergo examination using ultrasonic methods.Depending on whether there is an error or not, the part is sent to the relevant departments accordingly.



(Information provided here is taken from the interview video of Hakan Çelik and Oğuz Karabıyık.)


 

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