Turkey, which has implemented projects that require high technology one by one in recent years, will soon put many projects into use.
Recently, Turkey has made a name for itself with domestic technologies, especially in the defense industry.
Three Turkish companies are included in the “Defense News Top 100”, the most prestigious defense industry list in the world, published by Defense News magazine, a military publishing company headquartered in the USA, based on defense sales. In the list, ASELSAN ranks 49th, Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TUSAŞ) 67th and ROKETSAN 86th.
Bayraktar Red Apple in the sky
Bayraktar Kızılelma, Turkey’s first unmanned fighter aircraft, developed nationally and originally with Baykar’s own capital, successfully performed its first flight. Bayraktar Kızılelma’s first flight, which lasted for 18 minutes, opened the curtain of a new era in the history of Turkish aviation.
Bayraktar Kızılelma is seen as a platform that will revolutionize the battlefield, especially with its ability to land and take off on ships with short runways. Bayraktar Kızılelma, which was developed to have the ability to land and take off on ships with short runways, such as the TCG Anadolu ship, will play an important role in overseas missions thanks to this capability.
Bayraktar TB2 SİHA has made its name all over the world by succeeding in changing the balances on the ground in favor of its users, especially in the fight against the terrorist organization PKK, Azerbaijan’s Karabakh operation, the Libyan civil war and the Ukraine-Russia war.
In addition, new unmanned aerial vehicles are counting the days to go to the field. Baykar announced that Bayraktar TB3 and Combatant Unmanned Aircraft System (MIUS) will work together at TCG Anadolu. Baykar Technology Leader Selçuk Bayraktar states that Bayraktar TB3 will create a huge force multiplier as the first unmanned aerial vehicle in the world to land and take off conventionally from a short-runway ship. Bayraktar AKINCI TİHA (Assault Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which enabled Turkey to be among the top 3 countries in the world in the UAV league by being included in the TAF inventory in 2021, broke its own national aviation altitude record and made its name in history.
National Combat Aircraft
One of the remarkable developments in the defense industry is experienced in the National Combat Fighter Aircraft made by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ). The aircraft, which will make a great contribution to Turkey’s air power, is expected to leave the hangar in 2023, to make its first flight in 2025-2026, and to be included in the inventory after 2028.
ATAK helicopters, which have been serving the Turkish Armed Forces since 2014, are also actively used by the Pakistani and Philippine armies and are in demand from other countries.
Togg is on the road soon
Turkey, Turkey Automobile Initiative Group (TOGG) has come a long way in producing its own automobile. Electric, connected and new generation TOGG is produced in the factory in Gemlik. TOGG, which will take the title of Europe’s first born electric SUV, will also be an autonomous (driverless) vehicle ready for the 3rd level.
In addition, Siro Silk Road Clean Energy Storage Technologies (Siro), which was established in partnership with Togg and Farasis Energy to develop clean energy storage solutions, successfully completed the production and tests of the prototype battery at the Battery Development Center established in Gebze, where its headquarters is located.
By 2031, Siro will be one of the leading energy storage players in the region with an annual production capacity of 20 GWh, and will make significant contributions to the dissemination of clean energy, reduction of carbon emissions, and thus to the sustainable world.
Domestic ventilators and TURKOVAC in the fight against COVID-19
After the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, Turkey continued to develop technologies to eliminate the negative effects of the disease. The Biovent Intensive Care Type Mechanical Ventilator Device, developed under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry and Technology, with the mobilization of engineers from Arçelik, ASELSAN, Baykar and Biosys, has been a solution to the respiratory device problem, which is very common in the first months of the COVID-19 epidemic. The device was also exported to different parts of the world, not only in Turkey, and cured COVID-19 patients.
One of the most important contributions to the fight against COVID-19 was given with the domestic vaccine TURKOVAC. Erciyes University Faculty of Medicine Faculty Member of Medical Microbiology Department Prof. Dr. The domestic vaccine developed by Aykut Özdarendeli and his team was sent to many countries around the world that could not access the vaccine.
Turkish game industry continues to receive investment
The gaming industry is among the sectors that have recently shined in the field of technology in Turkey. The Turkish game industry, which made a name for itself all over the world with the sale of Peak Games for $ 1.8 billion, continued to receive investments in the following period. Games produced by Turkish publishers continue to rank first in many countries, especially in the United States (USA).
e-Government Gateway made life easier for citizens
The e-Government Gateway, which has become Turkey’s digital interface where transactions can be made quickly and securely, is expanding its usage areas day by day. The services at the e-Government Gateway are no longer a singular service, and facilitate the lives of citizens with integrated services such as “My Vehicles”, “Work Life”, “My Residence”.
Stating that integrated services attract great attention from citizens, President of the Presidency Digital Transformation Office Dr. Ali Taha Koç stated in the European Commission’s e-Government Benchmarking Report for the year 2022 that the integrated services ‘My Residence’ and ‘My Vehicles’ are among the examples of good practice.
Space exploration in progress
Important steps have been taken in the field of space studies in Turkey recently. Established with the Presidential Decree in the Official Gazette in 2018, the Turkish Space Agency announced its 10 goals with the introductory meeting of Turkey’s National Space Program. While the first contact with the Moon in the 100th anniversary of the Republic is among the goals of the program, there are also goals such as establishing a spaceport operation and sending a Turkish citizen into space.