Military receives first domestic air defense system

June 27, 2012, Wednesday/ 18:30:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has accepted delivery of the country’s first domestically developed air defense system, a statement from defense contractor ASELSAN said on Wednesday.

According to the announcement the system, which is called Kaideye Monteli Stinger (KMS), was delivered to the military at a ceremony also attended by head of the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) Murad Bayar. He said the KMS project is pioneering for the defense industry in many respects while also acknowledging the kind of difficulties faced in its preparation. “All related discussions were very difficult, but thank God the project was eventually started. As of today, it has become a perfect product,” he noted.

The KMS is an all-computerized high-tech air defense system that uses Stinger missiles as firepower. The project was launched in 1989. In his remarks mentioned in the statement, Bayar also elaborated on how important a goal it is for his undersecretariat to be able to supply more domestic products to the country’s military. “Now the Turkish defense industry has come to a certain point in terms of both production and design. When we were first discussing this [KMS] project, national design really was an exception. Now procuring final goods from overseas has become the exception. Thanks to the technology we obtained to finish this project, we’ve actually already built tank fire control systems, remote control weapons systems and other air defense systems. All these projects take their roots from KMS,” he said. “We are carrying out more than 100 projects today. Just imagine what is going to happen 20 years from now,” he added.

ASELSAN Chairman Necmettin Baykal, also present at the ceremony according to the statement, said the company produced 18 KMS systems for the Royal Dutch Army and that their clients have been very pleased with the product.

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