Jury Made its Decision in the FNSS MILDESIGN Competition: Concept of the Competition Laid Out FNSS’ Vision

23 Mayıs 2019
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March 23 saw the jury making its decision in the FNSS MILDESIGN 2019 international military land vehicles design competition. The multinational jury brought together by FNSS included members who are considered doyens in their respective fields, and comprised representatives from academia, procurement authorities and industry. The distribution of jury members and the concept of the competition was a clear reflection of FNSS’ vision, with focus in this year’s competition being on the design of vehicles with hybrid power packs. The competitors whose designs are deemed worthy of awards, based on the assessment of the jury, will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held during IDEF’19.

 

The aim of the FNSS MILDESIGN competition, which has been held every four years since 2011, is to support the indigenous product development efforts of the defence industry, and to encourage new designers to venture into the field of defence. Many of the highest ranking designers in the previous competitions have since started working in the sector, with some now employed at FNSS. The competition, which has both professional and student categories, encourages the design of military products that take into account human ergonomics.

 

Jury members examined each of the projects in detail.

Jury members examined each of the projects in detail.

 

Competition Attracts Increasing Attention

The FNSS MILDESIGN 2019 competition was launched in November 15, 2018, when applications first started to be accepted. A total of 560 competitors, working either individually or in teams, had entered 368 different projects into the competition by the March 1 deadline. Prior to the “Jury Assessment Meeting”, a committee made up of FNSS employees examined the projects for compliance with the competition requirements. A total of 184 projects – 139 in the professional category and 45 in the student category –  passed the preselection phase and qualified for the jury assessment phase. In a comparison with previous competitions, there were 152 entries for FNSS MILDESIGN 2015 and 65 for FNSS MILDESIGN 2011.

 

Prior to the assessment by the jury, Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, spoke about the concept of the competition.

Prior to the assessment by the jury, Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, spoke about the concept of the competition.

 

A Balanced Jury

The jury of 13 people brought together by FNSS includes, in alphabetical order:

  • Ahmet Raci Yalçın – Head of the Land Platforms Department of the Presidency of Defence Industries
  • Aybars Küçük – Chief Marketing & Programs Officer at FNSS
  • Dr. Bahar Şener Pedgley – Academician (METU, Department of Industrial Design)
  • Christopher Foss – Editor, Defence Columnist
  • Douglas Jackson – Assistant General Manager at FNSS
  • Emre Tüfekçioğlu – Academician (Eskişehir Technical University, Department of Industrial Design)
  • Fatma Filiz Özsuca – Academician (Atılım University, Industrial Product Design)
  • Ian Pain – CEO at HORSTMAN
  • İsmail Durgun – R&D and Digital Transformation Expert (IDRECT Academy)
  • Koray Ulu – Program Manager at FNSS
  • Marc Chasillian – International Consultant
  • Mark Pedrazzi – Former Vice President of Engineering and Technology at BAE Systems
  • Tolga Yaşar Yılmaz – Lead Industrial Designer at FNSS

 

Sharing information about the distribution of the jury members, Cem Altınışık, Public Relations and Publicity Unit Manager at FNSS, said: “First of all, we tried to bring together a balanced jury for this competition. We strived to involve in the jury representatives of all the stakeholders involved in the design of a modern land vehicle from scratch. We include at least one person from all sectors, from the procurement authority to sub-system manufacturers, from theorists to those responsible for carrying out projects, in the jury. Trust in the competition is also important to us. For this reason, we invited experts also from our competitors in the international arena to sit as jury members.”

 

Designs were scored on the basis of four separate criteria.

Designs were scored on the basis of four separate criteria.

 

Hybrid and Amphibious Vehicles Compete

The concept of the FNSS MILDESIGN competition, in which innovative approaches are at the forefront, changes at each outing. In the previous competition, the design requirements laid down for the military vehicles were as follows: manned and remotely controlled, having ballistic protection and having a modular structure. The novelty of this year’s competition, which includes also the requirements of the previous competition, is its call for the design of a vehicle with amphibious features and a hybrid power pack.

Altınışık noted the following about the design criteria: “Hybrid propulsion systems, with such features as fuel efficiency and silent operation, have become a reality today. In the near future, we may start to see such vehicles in the battlefield. At FNSS, we consider it our duty to encourage the training of new designers in the field of hybrid vehicles, for which we are also engaged in various efforts. It is for this reason that we added the hybrid power pack criteria to this year’s competition. On the other hand, amphibious operation is now a must-have capability for certain classes of vehicles in the modern armies of today. All of the vehicles FNSS has designed for the Turkish Armed Forces in recent years, namely SAMUR, KUNDUZ, PARS STA, KAPLAN STA and ZAHA, as well as KORKUT, for which we designed the platform, have amphibious capabilities, and this led us to add the amphibious criteria to the specifications of the competition this year.”

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The jury decided unanimously on the best-ranking projects in the competition.

 

Emphasis on Innovation

The projects competing in the competition were scored under four different categories, being innovation, level of development and detail, feasibility and design-function compatibility. The weight of each criterion in the scoring is different for the professional and student categories, as follows:

Student Category:

  • Innovation: 40%
  • Feasibility: 10%
  • Design-Function Compatibility: 25%
  • Level of Development and Detailing: 25%

Professional Category:

  • Innovation: 30%
  • Feasibility: 20%
  • Design-Function Compatibility: 25%
  • Level of Development and Detailing: 25%

Since the competition covers only the design of the platform, the competitors were instructed not to design any weapon systems, but instead to use off-the-shelf options. For entries that included weapon system designs, the weapon systems were ignored, and only the platform was scored.

Speaking about the weight of the innovation criterion in the competition’s scoring system, Altınışık said: “Innovation has always been the criterion with the highest weight for us in the FNSS MILDESIGN competitions. However, our expectations from the competitors in the professional category was that they would participate in the competition with projects that are more mature and more feasible. On the other hand, young minds are more creative in responding to current problems with new solutions, and such innovative solutions are not always required to be productized directly. It would be a benefit even if these ideas led industry in a certain direction and expanded companies’ horizons. For this reason, feasibility was of lower importance for the projects in the student category.”

 

Tolga Yaşar Yılmaz’s design from the professional category in the FNSS MILDESIGN 2015 competition. Tolga Yaşar Yılmaz who started to work as a designer in FNSS after his success in the competition, joined jury for the FNSS MILDESIGN 2019 competition.

Tolga Yaşar Yılmaz’s design from the professional category in the FNSS MILDESIGN 2015 competition. Tolga Yaşar Yılmaz who started to work as a designer in FNSS after his success in the competition, joined jury for the FNSS MILDESIGN 2019 competition.

 

Only Competition in the International Arena

Expressing the motivation behind the FNSS MILDESIGN competition, Altınışık said: “As FNSS, we strive to be a company that meets the needs of both domestic and international users with innovative and indigenous products. Our design capability is one of our most important trump cards in this process. For this reason, we attach great importance to bringing new designers to the sector, as this supports the capabilities of not only FNSS but also the Turkish defence industry as a whole in the development of indigenous products. We are very happy that the designers of our competitor companies are also participating. We hold FNSS MILDESIGN competitions with such a motivation. Organizing the only design competition in the field of military land vehicles in the international arena is an extra source of pride for us, as this is further proof of FNSS’s ability in the design of the defence systems of the future, and its leading position in this field.”

 

Total Awards Exceed TL 200,000

The winners of the competition will be handed their awards at a ceremony to be held at IDEF’19, which will take place in Istanbul between April 30 and May 3. The awards will be as follows:

Professional Category:

  • First Place – ₺100,000
  • Second Place – ₺50,000
  • Third Place – ₺20,000

Student Category:

  • First Place – ₺20,000
  • Second Place – ₺10,000
  • Third Place – ₺5,000

Aside from these, there are honourable mentions in both categories, and FNSS has determined no upper limit for the number of honourable mentions to be awarded. Accordingly, all projects that are not ranked in the first three, but are assessed as successful by the jury, will be awarded an honourable mention.

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