Indigenous Technologies to be Developed at TÜBİTAK’s New Facilities

25 Aralık 2018
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Alper ÇALIK /

An opening ceremony for the Indigenous Technology Development Infrastructure was held on October 31 at the premises of TÜBİTAK SAGE, with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The ceremony marked the inauguration of the Optical Systems Research Laboratory (OPMER) and the Railed Dynamic Warhead Testing Centre (HABRAS) facilities, which have both been newly constructed by TÜBİTAK. Speaking at the ceremony, President Erdoğan talked about the PULAT Active Protection System, the IŞIN High-Power Laser System and the SAPAN Electromagnetic Launch System.

Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, and Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK, also gave speeches after President Erdoğan at a ceremony that was attended by Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defence; Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries; and General Yaşar Güler, Chief of the Turkish General Staff.

During the ceremony, President Erdoğan also announced that the Indigenous Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defence System – currently under development by the ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and TÜBİTAK SAGE trio – has been named SİPER.

The ceremony also saw the delivery of 100 HGK-82 precision guidance kits, and the firing tests of three different systems. The executed tests were as follows:

  • At HABRAS, situated in Karapınar, Konya, a one-metre thick concrete wall was pierced with a bunker buster bomb.
  • At the TÜBİTAK SAGE facilities in Ankara, static firing tests were performed for the PULAT.
  • At the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK) facilities in Yahşiyan, Kırıkkale, the IŞIN system was used to bore into a 3 millimetre thick steel plate from a distance of 1.5 kilometres.

Containing 16 separate laboratories, OPMER will be used to produce satellite cameras, large scale mirrors, and optical components developed with sensitive technologies. HABRAS, on the other hand, has 2,000 km of rail at its facilities, and will be used to perform high speed firing tests of ammunition developed indigenously or procured externally, without the need to load them onto an aircraft.

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