Interview: Ali Han, General Manager and CEO of MEGE Teknik

14 Mayıs 2019
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“With our deep experience in the A400M aircraft, we also want to take part in civil aviation projects.”

MEGE Teknik boasts in-depth experience in the areas of cable harnesses, electromechanical boxes and panels for the defence and aerospace sector, and is a solution partner of such companies as Airbus, Baykar, Sikorsky, TEI and Turkish Aerospace. MEGE Teknik’s products are used in the various projects assumed by these companies, such as A400M, ANKA, ATAK, GÖKBEY, BAYRAKTAR TB2 and the C-130 modernisation project, and the company has now set its sights on carrying its experience to civil aviation. We had the opportunity to learn more about the company’s targets for the future from Ali Han, General Manager and CEO of MEGE Teknik.

 

MSI TDR: Mr. Han, could you first of all tell us briefly about MEGE Teknik?

Ali HAN: MEGE Teknik was established in Ankara in 2001 by engineers and technicians with experience in the defence and aerospace sector, that initially worked for ASELSAN. Our main area of activity is the production of the harnesses, electronic boxes and testing systems used in defence and aerospace projects, and which comply with both military and civil standards. We employ approximately 200 qualified technicians and 40 engineers in our 4,500-square metre facilities. Having started our journey with the serial production of these products, we later expanded our range of activities into the fields of design, engineering, prototyping, testing and assembly, and also began offering turnkey solutions. We inaugurated our R&D centre in 2017, and have today attained the ability to devise our own original products following the tens of projects in which we have taken part.

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MSI TDR: In which military aircraft can we find MEGE Teknik’s products?

Ali HAN: We have taken part with our own products in many of the platforms developed by the prime contractors and system integrators in the defence and aerospace sector. Foremost among these works is the Airbus A400M project, in which Turkish Aerospace is responsible for all the cable harnesses within the aircraft’s frame, and it is MEGE Teknik that is producing these harnesses. We have a firmly-established and ongoing collaboration with Turkish Aerospace, and we continue to take part in many of its projects, and plan to continue to do so in the future. To mention a few:

  • ATAK helicopter,
  • GÖKBEY helicopter,
  • ANKA UAV,
  • C-130 ERCİYES modernisation project,
  • Turkish Utility Helicopter Program, which involves the production of 109 T70 BLACK HAWK helicopters,
  • The tail section harnesses of the S-70 BLACK HAWK helicopters being manufactured by Turkish Aerospace for Sikorsky, and
  • Various satellite projects for which we are manufacturing testing cables.

Furthermore, we have similar products being used on the BAYRAKTAR TB2 UAV and in the different types of aviation engines produced by TEI.

A400M

A400M

 

MSI TDR: Aside from military aircraft, are there any other projects in which MEGE Teknik products are involved?

Ali HAN: Our cable harnesses are also seeing use in numerous naval and land platforms, as well as in various weapon systems. On the side of naval projects, I can list:

  • The Turkish Navy’s TUZLA-class patrol boats constructed by Dearsan Shipyard, and
  • The Turkish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Vessels constructed by RMK Marine.

On the side of land vehicles, we are providing the harnesses that:

  • Will be used in the ALTAY tanks to be manufactured under the prime contractorship of BMC, and
  • Are being used in various armoured platforms manufactured by FNSS.

We are also working with ROKETSAN on the design and production of cable harnesses for various missile systems, and have in fact entered into a solution partnership agreement with the company. Meanwhile, we also manufacture products for various weapon systems of ASELSAN. Aside from these, in the field of rail systems, we also have such international customers as Alstom and Huber+Suhner.

 

MSI TDR: What certification and capabilities does MEGE Teknik possess in the field of aviation?

Ali HAN: We are one of the first SME’s (Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises) in Turkey to have received the AS9100 Revision D quality certificate, and we also hold the ISO 9001 quality certificate, and our production activities are in line with the following standards:

  • IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC/A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies ANS/ESD S20.20-1999, ESD Program for Protection of Electronic Parts, Assemblies and Equipment

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Making a Difference with Turnkey Solutions

MSI TDR: What can you offer that sets you apart from your competitors?

Ali HAN: For years, we have been working with the giants in the defence and aerospace sector, taking part in tens of projects, and gaining significant experience and knowledge that have practically turned us into an international company. In this processes, we have developed our design and engineering capabilities. We roll out the products required by our customers after analysing their needs, and also include the procurement of raw materials into the relevant processes. We even provide services during the logistic support phase of projects. In short, we deliver turnkey solutions to our customers.

 

MSI TDR: Aside from the turnkey solutions you offer, what are the production-related aspects that set you apart from your rivals?

Ali HAN: Thanks to its know-how and well-established production infrastructure, MEGE Teknik possesses the ability to rapidly enhance its [production] capability. When necessary, we can, within short notice, increase our production capacity by hundreds of thousands of man-hours. Moreover, we are also able to replicate our established production infrastructure in other locations through the transfer of know-how. As an example of this, I can cite the ongoing AV8 project in Malaysia, in which the production of harnesses for the AV8 vehicles is being carried out with our support by a local partner in that country. In other words, we export not just our products, but also our know-how.

 

MSI TDR: You became an official R&D centre in 2017. What kind of added value has this contributed to your works and products?

Ali HAN: First of all, it has deepened our existing design and engineering capabilities. Aside from these design and production-related gains, we have also acquired the appropriate skills to fashion software for the equipment used to test our products. We conduct numerous R&D projects, and use the outputs of these projects to develop various subsystems and components relevant to our areas of operation. These outputs include AC/DC and DC/DC power sources, power distribution units, and the backshells used in the cable connectors.

 

MSI TDR: In its projects, MEGE Teknik carries out design, engineering, production and assembly activities all at the same time. What difference does this make in terms of what your customers receive?

Ali HAN: From our standpoint and that of our customers, the greatest benefits in following this type of long-term product life cycle management approach in our projects are savings in time and cost. As we take processes such as integration and assembly into account during the design and production stages of our products, we can anticipate any potential problems at the very outset. The result is far fewer setbacks during the course of our projects, which in turn brings the project costs and durations down. Thanks to this, we can offer lower-cost solutions to our customers in much shorter schedules.

 

On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank Ali Han, General Manager and CEO of MEGE Teknik, for taking the time to answer our questions and for providing us with such valuable information.

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