While carrying out a number of projects to satisfy the current needs of Turkish Armed Forces, ASELSAN, which is the locomotive of Turkish defense industry, also prepares for the future of the Force.
Discerning the needs of combat environment in advance as well as swiftly responding to the current combat environment ASELSAN had exhibited the preliminary example of this during the Operation Euphrates Shield. Based on the package created for the Leopard 2 NG Project, ASELSAN presented a quick solution in order for M60T tanks to adapt to asymmetrical combat environment.
During the operations in Syria, it was noticed that apart from the tanks in the TAF inventory, ACV-15 Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV) should be modernized. Considering the importance of this need, ASELSAN as the prime contractor and FNSS as the subcontractor signed an agreement.
In the project, ASELSAN will present NEFER 25mm weapon system it developed exclusively for armoured combat vehicles for the need of Turkish Land Forces Command. In addition, the company incumbent on the system as the prime contractor and will integrate the ASELSAN systems, developed for ALTAY Project and integrated within the scope of M60 FIRAT Project as well as other various subsystems armour, protective coating, mine protectio, Automatic Fire Extinguishing System, Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear System, Air Conditioning from other stakeholders.
Within the scope of the project, ASELSAN will conduct technology demonstration studies on unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) applications and PULAT Active Protection System (APS) integration with fundamental resources. The ACV modernization project has prominent role as it is incumbent upon the management of the activities regarding ASELSAN’s armoured vehicles.
Besides, Presidenct of Defense Industries Department of Land Platforms has a high level of awareness in the fact that ASELSAN should allocate more resources and effort to build the necessary infrastructure particularly for heavy class UGV in line with the expectation that, in the forthcoming days, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will shift.