Interview: ASELSAN Focuses on Collaborations
DSEI’17 special coverage, including News and assessments about the event was published in the 46th issue of MSI TDR. “ASELSAN Focuses on Collaborations” titled interview of this special coverage is here:
Taking part in the exhibition with the goal of holding one-to-one talks that will increase its number of collaborations, ASELSAN largely succeeded in achieving this goal by hosting numerous guests at its stand. Amid his busy schedule at the event, we had the opportunity to ask questions to Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, Rector of Gebze Technical University (GTÜ) and Member of the Board of Directors at ASELSAN.
MSI TDR: From what we can see, you’re not showcasing any products at this exhibition. How should we interpret this picture?
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN: As ASELSAN, we deliberately chose not to bring any products this year. Our products have already gained worldwide recognition. Instead of showcasing products, we are, in this year’s exhibition, holding planned visits in which we discuss cooperation-related issues, and performing highly important international meetings. We’ve welcomed many delegations at our stand. In fact, I have to admit that because of these meetings, we had little time and opportunity to tour the exhibition itself.
MSI TDR: What are your observations concerning the exhibition?
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN: As all participants here will also agree, DSEI is one of the world’s most prestigious defence exhibitions. It’s an event where all leading actors of the industry make an appearance, and to which Turkey participates at a national level. Up until 10 years ago, if we had said that our country will one day be able to appear at this event with so many participants, most would have thought: “That’s surely a nice dream to have; something to hope for in the future…” However, Turkey has a very large presence here today. Looking at the level of participation of other countries, this is certainly something that makes us proud. I also would like to thank both the SSM and the SSI for arranging this participation at a national level. The participation of Şuay Alpay, the Deputy Minister of National Defence, and Ali Fidan, Undersecretary at the Ministry of National Defence, as well as their support for our companies, has been another source of pride for us.
MSI TDR: What can you say about the Turkish companies participating in this exhibition?
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN: I am visiting each and every one of them. We’re meeting not just with the companies affiliated with Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, but with all companies of different sizes within the industry. I am certain that other [Turkish] companies such as HAVELSAN and ROKETSAN will also be taking important initiatives here, at this exhibition. They will likely build new partnerships and create new opportunities for collaboration. There is one point which I consider the most important: Our companies are all on-board the same ship, and we’re not each other’s rivals. We’re a coherently growing ecosystem, consisting of pieces that complement in each other. I was greatly pleased to see this same atmosphere and mindset in all of the Turkish teams present here. I believe that our country’s technological capabilities, production, exports, recognition and visibility in this field will increase further over time.
There is also one other thing I particularly want to mention: HAVELSAN has a product on display here, a Holographic Situational Awareness System, which is a type of augmented reality application. HAVELSAN developed this system with the support of faculty members at the GTÜ. It thus constitutes a brilliant example of the university-industry cooperation. Our faculty members also provide consultancy services to many companies in Turkey willing to work in this field.
MSI TDR: In July, ASELSAN announced establishing a new company in Malaysia. Could you tell us about this company’s activities?
Prof. Dr. Haluk GÖRGÜN: First of all, I want to point out that this company’s region of operations isn’t limited to Malaysia. That is because Southeast Asia is a very important market for us, one in which we’re already very strong. There are very significant opportunities and venues for cooperation in the region. And this isn’t just valid from a defence industry standpoint; we also have important targets there with respect to civilian applications. And this newly-established company will help us keep close track of the developments in the Southeast Asian market, where we already enjoy a strong presence.
On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, Rector of GTÜ and Member of the Board of Directors at ASELSAN, for taking the time to answer our questions and providing us with valuable information.
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