Interview: Murat İKİNCİ, General Manager of STM

29 Nisan 2019
_STM Genel Müdür - Murat İkinci

“STM is ready to share its know-how and expertise with friendly and allied nations.”

STM cooperates various countries around the world as a solution provider. We talked to Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, about STM’s approach to the international cooperation and the services that STM provides.

 

MSI TDR: How would you describe STM as the solution provider of friendly and allied countries? What are the highlighted main characteristics and qualities of STM?

Murat İKİNCİ: STM Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik ve Ticaret A.Ş. was established in 1991 by the decree of the Defence Industry Executive Committee. Since the day we established, we have been working in line with the guidance and support of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB). Considering the complexities of current technology, STM does not only provide consultancy services for fundamental needs and tasks of the SSB and but also offers critical technologies both in Turkey and abroad. Accordingly, STM has three main business areas: engineering, technology, and consultancy. The projects that we have undertaken previously, turned STM into a reliable company thanks to its proven, competitive, cost-effective and cutting-edge engineering and technology solutions. Within this scope, STM is ready to share its know-how and expertise with friendly and allied nations. In doing so, STM seeks to establish new cooperation opportunities through diversifying and expanding international business development activities all around the world.

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MSI TDR: Naval Projects comes to the fore in your overseas activities. PNS MOAWIN, built in Karachi Shipyard and delivered to the Pakistan Navy in 2018. It has successfully demonstrated its skills in the AMAN 2019 exercise. From this project, what can be done by STM for friendly and allied countries?

Murat İKİNCİ: Our priority is to ensure the best technical solutions for our international partners and to meet Turkey’s 2023 export goals. It is noteworthy to mention that future projects in naval shipbuilding and modernization plays an indispensable role in achieving the abovementioned goal. Therefore, Pakistan Navy Fleet Replenishment Ship Project designed by our engineers from scratch, in parallel with the requirements of the Pakistan Navy remains as a concrete example. In addition to the design and material package, STM provided technical support to Karachi Shipyard through which the Project had been successfully completed. To underline the significant fact; PNS MOAWIN is the largest naval vessel ship ever built in Pakistan and the project shows a great example of STM’s leading role in an international program jointly conducted with a friendly nation.

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MSI TDR: What would you like to say about PNS MOAWIN?

Murat İKİNCİ: Prior to answering your question, it is as of great importance to mention that Pakistan Navy is one of the most capable and internationally respected institutions in the world. Note that, PNS MOAWIN had been the largest military ship export project ever made in the history of Turkish Republic and the ship successfully conducts drills and operations on high seas concurrently. In that manner, such programs pave a way to meet with our future goals such to be enlisted among the top 50 Defence industry companies in the world.

 

MSI TDR: Autonomous mini-UAV systems: KARGU, TOGAN, and ALPAGU make significant work in the field. How do these systems add value to their users?

Murat İKİNCİ: Our attack, surveillance and reconnaissance autonomous mini-UAV systems are in house products that has been indigenously developed by our own engineers. ALPAGU is the first national attack mini-UAV with fixed blades; KARGU is a combat proven rotary winged attack mini-UAV which is already in the inventory of Turkish Army and, TOGAN is our reconnaissance and surveillance mini-UAV for the asymmetric warfare. Our mini UAV systems have superior tactical properties to be used in counter-terrorism and security operations. Having a deep-routed experience, STM currently focuses on applying new technologies including swarm attack and surveillance capability in the very nearest future.

 

MSI TDR: As STM, what are your offers for autonomous mini-UAV system solutions to friendly and allied countries?

Murat İKİNCİ: Indeed, autonomous systems remain as a main pillar for STM and our investments shall continue and boost in this field. Having developed niche products, STM strengthens its place in the local and international markets day by day. In this sense, our autonomous systems have significant export potential. Within this scope, we have successfully conducted plenty of demonstrations in different countries and we aim at finalizing the contract negotiations in a very short period of time.

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Cyber-Security Solutions from STM

MSI TDR: Cyber-security is another field where STM has effective solutions. Particularly, with the STM Cyber Fusion Center, you are offering solutions that will help you to take measures before the emergence of threats. How STM differentiates in the field of cyber-security?

Murat İKİNCİ: Cyber-security is an important part of homeland security. With the expansion of digitalization and autonomous systems, the security of high-tech platforms becomes an obligatory. Through the establishment of Turkey’s first Cyber Fusion Center, STM aims at preventing possible threats via indigenously developed big data analytics platform. Currently, STM provides solutions for both civilian and public organizations within the field of cyber-security. In that manner, we recently introduced Cyber Security Decision Support System (CyDecSys), which enables us to analyze threats and takes precautions beforehand. It is worth to mention, CyDecSys is destined to be an automated system with artificial intelligence algorithms.

 

MSI TDR: What kind of solutions do you offer to the friendly and allied countries in the field of cyber-security?

Murat İKİNCİ: As STM, we offer collaboration not only limited to the establishment of Cyber Operation Centers but private trainings on Cyber Security related issues. Within this scope, our team provided a detailed training program on Cyber Security Awareness in Kazakhstan last year. During the mentioned training, the officials from Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense and Aerospace Industry received a high-end training by our experts on the side. Additionally, we have signed a cooperation agreement with Pakistan Air University. It is as of great importance for us to enhance our collaboration within the field of the cyber-security.

 

MSI TDR: The importance of homeland security makes cyber-security special and also increases the level of sensitivity. How STM addresses that sensitivity to the friendly and allied countries?

Murat İKİNCİ: In terms of cyber-security, it is really important to have national technologies. Based on that criteria; STM does not only invest into our national cyber-security technologies but also transfers technology and provide know-how to the friendly and allied nations through establishing necessary infrastructure.

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MSI TDR: For the coming periods, as STM; what are your offers for allied and friendly countries? Which projects do you aim to undertake?

Murat İKİNCİ: We aim at developing innovative technologies to support the national technology movement of our country. At the same time, we will continue to provide all kinds of support and services to our friendly and allied countries. Our priority is given to the naval projects including design, construction and modernization activities. Additionally, it is significant to stress upon the fact that STM will continue to be a reliable and competitive partner in the field of autonomous mini-UAV systems, radar technologies, and cyber-security.

 

On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank Murat İkinci, General Manager of STM, for taking the time to answer our questions and for providing us with such valuable information.

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