Within the scope of the serial production contract signed between the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) and ASELSAN in 2017, the deliveries of the Fire Management Device (AIC) and Modernized Towed Artillery (MÇT) systems for the Land Forces Command and Air Force Command continue without slowing down. In this context, acceptance tests of seven AICs and 14 MÇT systems were completed in 2021. After the completion of the tests carried out with the participation of the acceptance committee formed by the Presidency of Defense Industries and the Land Forces Command, the systems were delivered to the user associations.
During the acceptance tests, AIC and MÇT systems proved their capabilities again with field and factory acceptance tests, with and without firing. The training simulator, which was developed to ensure that the user training of the AIC system is carried out in the most efficient way, was delivered to the Land Forces Command in 2021. AIC Team provides a low-altitude air defense solution based on the most up-to-date technology for the effective implementation of air defense of critical facilities and fixed military units. The AIC system can take over the control of up to three MÇTs at the same time, as well as a HİSAR-A Missile Launch System (FFS). The typical AIC kit consists of a Fire Management Device (AIC), two 35 mm Modernized Towed Guns and a Low Altitude Air Defense Missile Launch System (HİSAR-A FFS). HİSAR-A Missile Launch Systems (FFS), which was put into use by the Land Forces Command in 2021, also successfully functions within the AIC Team in order to ensure the most effective air defense of our country.
ASELSAN's new air defense system order
In a statement to ASELSAN's Public Disclosure Platform – KAP, it was reported that it received an order for a short-range/low-altitude air defense system. The order covers the modernization of 29mm towed guns worth 2017 million Euros and 122.4 billion Turkish liras, Fire Management Devices (AIC) providing the management of towed guns, and the supply of particle ammunition, which was signed between ASELSAN and the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) on 1,01 December 35. given as an option for the project.
In the statement made to the Public Disclosure Platform, the contract value of the option order in euros and Turkish lira corresponds to approximately 311 million in US dollars. The statement made to KAP is as follows:
“ASELSAN A.S. The option package of 29.12.2017 Euro + 91.939.913 TL belonging to the short-range/low-altitude air defense system contract signed between the Presidency of Defense Industry and the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey on 1.767.865.305 was included in the scope of the contract on 18/06/2021. Deliveries of the said option will be made in 2023-2024.
Within the scope of the first contract, the procurement of 57 AICs and the modernization of 118 35 mm guns were planned. It is not known how many orders were made with the last option. However, with the optional order, the total cost of the contract was 214,3 million Euros + 2,77 billion Turkish liras.
In addition, before the contract in December 2017, a contract worth 35 million TL + 71.3 million Euros was signed within the scope of the 10.5 mm Oerlikon Modernization and Particulate Ammunition Supply project. 35 mm modernized towed guns are managed by a system called Fire Management Device (AIC) and turned into a modern air defense system. AIC can also control the HİSAR-A air defense system.