Interview: Levent DÜNYA, Director of HENSOLDT GmbH Turkey Ankara Liaison Office

21 Mart 2019
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“For us, Turkey is a key country in the Middle East and it is of primary interest for cooperation.”

 

HENSOLDT has deep ties with Turkey and aims to further develop this relation through cooperation. We had the opportunity to speak to Levent Dünya, Director of HENSOLDT GmbH Turkey Ankara Liaison Office, about HENSOLDT’s approach to Turkey and cooperation opportunities in the country.

 

 

MSI TDR: Is HENSOLDT new to the Turkish market? How important is this market for your company?

 

Hensoldt Logo - C - HENSOLDTLevent DÜNYA: HENSOLDT and its predecessor companies have acted in the Turkish market since the 1940s. Since then we have implemented a lot of projects, including transfer of technology (ToT) and transfer of production (ToP) until today.

For us, Turkey is a key country in the Middle East and it is of primary interest for cooperation. We are thus continuously looking for Turkish partners, not only for the Turkish market itself, but also for regional programs and projects we are currently considering.

Hensoldt’s ARGOS-II Airborne Observation System can be installed on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and provide observation and targeting capabilities for military, border and maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.

Hensoldt’s ARGOS-II Airborne Observation System can be installed on helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles and provide observation and targeting capabilities for military, border and maritime patrol and law enforcement missions.

 

MSI TDR: What do you offer to the market in Turkey?

Levent DÜNYA: HENSOLDT is currently offering the following programs and projects, respectively, in Turkey. We have offered the modernization of the already existing COBRA counter battery radars as well as their long-term maintenance. We are also working on missile warner systems for both, helicopters and fighter aircraft. Furthermore, our active protection system (OWS) for helicopters could possibly become part of a transfer of production program. Our Counter-UAV solution has huge potential for the protection of Turkish borders as well as critical infrastructures such as airports and governmental buildings. Finally, we offer a number of electro optical suite solutions to the Turkish market, such as gimbals for helicopters and our NightOwl camera system.

Hensoldt’s COBRA is a high mobility weapon location radar which meets all NATO requirements.

Hensoldt’s COBRA is a high mobility weapon location radar which meets all NATO requirements.

 

To keep pace with the developments on the threat side, HENSOLDT developed the missile warning system MILDS AN/AAR-60 Block 2, a self-protection solution especially designed for helicopters and widebody aircraft.

To keep pace with the developments on the threat side, HENSOLDT developed the missile warning system MILDS AN/AAR-60 Block 2, a self-protection solution especially designed for helicopters and widebody aircraft.

 

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MSI TDR: What are your main references in Turkey?

Levent DÜNYA: We have supplied submarine periscopes for the Turkish Navy since 1976. HENSOLDT is nominated for the supply of retrofit periscopes for the Preveze Class submarines. We are also planning on partnering for naval programs in home and export markets with STM. The Missile Warning System program on the MILDS Block I programme with our Turkish counter partner ASELSAN is successfully ongoing. Furthermore, we are nominated for the supply for Gunners Auxiliary Sight Systems as supplier of BMC for the Turkish domestic tank project ALTAY.

 

On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank Levent Dünya, Director of HENSOLDT GmbH Turkey Ankara Liaison Office, for taking the time to answer our questions and for providing us with such valuable information.

 

 

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