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Anonymous company
Traded as BİST: ASELS
Industry Defence
Founded 1975 (1975)
Headquarters Ankara, Turkey
Key people
M. Hacim Kamoy
(first CEO)
Faik Eken
(present CEO)
Revenue US$ 1.143 billion (2014)[1]
Number of employees
5,335 [2]
Slogan Reliable Technology

ASELSAN A.Ş., (Turkish: 'ASELSAN', acronym: Askeri Elektronik Sanayi, Military Electronic Industries) is a Turkish corporation that produces tactical military radios and defense electronic systems for the Turkish Armed Forces.


  • History 1
  • Organization 2
  • Facilities 3
  • Products 4
  • Suicides and unexpected deaths 5
  • International expansion 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Aselsan was founded by the Turkish Army Foundation at the end of 1975[3]

The first CEO of ASELSAN was M. Hacim Kamoy.[3]

In early 1979 following an investment (for example: kartlı geçiş sistemleri)[4] and infrastructure establishment period, ASELSAN started its production, at Macunköy facilities in Ankara.[3] Since then, ASELSAN has expanded its product and customer portfolio, mostly based on indigenous research and development, locally trained personnel, and in cooperation with other Turkish research instituitions and universities.


ASELSAN is a leading electronics and electronic systems company in Turkey that designs, develops and manufactures modern electronic systems for military and industrial customers, in Turkey and abroad. The company headquarters is situated at Macunköy facilities in Ankara, Turkey. According to the field of activities, ASELSAN has been organized in five business sectors:[5]

  • Communication and Information Technologies Business Sector (HBT),
  • Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Business Sector (MGEO),
  • Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Business Sector (REHIS),
  • Defense Systems Technologies Business Sector (SST),
  • Transportation, Security, Energy and Automation Systems Business Sector (UGES).

The Communication and Information Technologies Business Sector (HBT), Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Business Sector (REHIS), Defense Systems Technologies Business Sector (SST) and Transportation, Security, Energy and Automation Systems Business Sector (UGES) have high-technology and automated infrastructure in engineering and production at Macunköy facilities. Electronic production includes surface mount technology, multilayer and flexible printed circuit boards, mechanical and mould productions, system integration and test fields. While Communication and Information Technologies Business Sector's main product spectrum covers military and professional communications systems, Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems Business Sector's main operations are focused on radar, electronic warfare and Defense Systems Technologies Business Sector's main operations are focused on command-control systems, making these business sectors evolving technology centers in their fields. Equipped with high technology engineering, automatic production and test equipment, Microelectronics, Guidance and Electro-Optics Business Sector manufactures hybrid microelectronic circuits, night vision devices, thermal cameras, laser ranger/designators and inertial navigation systems at Akyurt facilities.

In all business sectors, methodologies complying with military standards and ISO-9001 are successfully applied using computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) technologies.

Also a member of TÜMAKÜDER[6] and IPC. [7]


Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology Center

ASELSAN opened its new facility (Turkish: ASELSAN Radar ve Elektronik Harp Teknoloji Merkezi) in Gölbaşı district of Ankara on March 16, 2015.[8] Built in three years to a cost of US$157 million, the site serves for the production of radar and electronic warfare equipment required by the Turkish Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force), space and unmanned platforms. The facility covers an area of 75,000 m2 (810,000 sq ft) on a land of 35 ha (86 acres). A total of 776 engineers, 261 technical personnel and more than 200 support personnel are employed in the center.[9]

The technology center serves for the design, research and development, production, test and logistic support of mainly long-range tracking air defense radars and fighter aircraft radars but also of diverse radars and electronic warfare systems as well as antennas, microwave power modules and software.[9]


Identification friend or foe system

A project was signed between the Ministry of National Defense and Aselsan on December 6, 2006 to develop an identification friend or foe system (IFF) of Mode 5/S for integration into Turkish Air Force's F-4 Terminator 2020 fighters in cooperation with the Turkish IT company Netaş. Integration testings were carried out in cooperation with the BİLGEM of TÜBİTAK. Aselsan successfully completed the development of the prototypes, the integration into related platforms and all the testing activities for the IFF system in December 2012.[10][11] The indigenously developed IFF system was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces on February 27, 2013.[12]

Electronic toll collection system

Aselsan developed electronic toll collection systems KGS, OGS and HGS for use at motorways and toll bridges in Turkey. After exportation of such a system to Oman in 2008 for the Qurayyat-Sur motorway, Aselsan won in 2010 a tender worth 5.4 million to develop an electronic toll collection system and implement at 51 toll booths in Poland.[13]


Suicides and unexpected deaths

Between 2006 and 2009, four suspicious deaths occurred, of young engineers who were working at Aselsan on highly strategic encryption and decryption projects. The cases were initially declared as suicides. Three of the four cases were relaunched in 2011 to investigate a possible link to the Ergenekon trials.[14][15]

On August 7, 2006, Hüseyin Başbilen, a 31-year-old mechanical engineer working for ten years at Aselsan as a production engineer, was found dead in his car at Pursaklar, Ankara.[14] His left wrist and throat were cut, his head was under the glove compartment on the passenger's side and his feet were up on the driver's seat.[16] In 2009, a court ruled that it was suicide. In 2011, the case was reopened as part of the "Ergenekon" investigation.

On January 16, 2007, 30-year-old Halim Ünsem Ünal was found dead, shot by a handgun, in his car at Gölbaşı, Ankara. The METU-graduate electrical engineer was working for three years for ASELSAN.[16]

On January 26, 2007, another electrical engineer, Evrim Yançeken, age 26, fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment at Batıkent, Ankara. In a note he left behind, he claimed the responsibility for his death.[16]

The cases were closed as suicides with little or no investigation.[17][18]

On October 7, 2007, Burhaneddin Volkan was found shot to death by gun in the sentry officer's room of the Military Band School, where he was serving. He worked two years at Aselsan's aviation command and control center as a software engineer after his graduation from the Computer Engineering Department of Hacettepe University in 2005. After his three colleagues committed suicide, he had experienced psychological problems and returned to his family.[16]

On January 25, 2012, Hakan Öksüz died in a car accident, crashing into the traffic barrier at a major junction on the south beltway of Ankara. He was employed as an engineer at Aselsan's facility in Akturt, Ankara.[16]

On January 15, 2015, 28-year-old Erdem Uğur was found dead poisoned by LPG in his home at Çankaya, Ankara. Lying in bed, a hose was leading inside his mouth from a gas cylinder he had ordered two days before. A note with "Caution! Gas" was attached to the entrance of the apartment. He was a graduate of Dokuz Eylül University in İzmir and was working as an magnetic field expert for Aselsan since February 14, 2014.[19][20]

International expansion

Aselsan announced in October 2015 that they are planning to expand their South African Business "by seeking partnerships to form a private company out of its local branch Aselsan South Africa"[21]


  1. ^ "Revenue 2014". DefenseNews. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ "Employee-Statistic". ASELSAN. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "History". ASELSAN. Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  4. ^ "kartlı geçiş sistemleri" (in Turkish). TÜMAKÜDER. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  5. ^ "ASELSAN Company Profile" (in Turkish). ASELSAN. Retrieved 2015-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Members of TÜMAKÜDER" (in Turkish). TÜMAKÜDER. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ "IPC certification". IPC. 
  8. ^ "ASELSAN Radar ve Elektronik Harp Teknolojileri Merkezi’nin Açılış Töreni".  
  9. ^ a b "ASELSAN Radar ve Elektronik Harp Teknoloji Merkezi açıldı" (in Turkish). ASELSAN. 2015-03-16. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  10. ^ "ASELSAN'dan milli başarı".  
  11. ^ "ASELSAN öyle bir şey yaptı ki...".  
  12. ^ "Aselsan'ın Dost Düşman tanıma sistemi TSK'ya teslim edildi" (in Turkish). C4Defence. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Avrupa yollarındaki para ASELSAN sistemiyle toplanacak".  
  14. ^ a b "Ergenekon prosecutor requests ASELSAN killing file". Haber Vaktim. 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  15. ^ Bostan, Yahya (2012-08-13). "ASELSAN dosyası yeniden açıldı".  
  16. ^ a b c d e "ASELSAN’ın mühendisi evinde ölü bulundu".  
  17. ^ "Indictment might shed light on ASELSAN deaths".  
  18. ^ "Engineer 'was murdered,' expert says in Aselsan suicide case".  
  19. ^ "ASELSAN mühendisinin ölüm raporu açıklandı".  
  20. ^ Atmaca, Ebubekir (2015-01-16). "ASELSAN mühendisi Erdem Uğur evinde ölü bulundu".  
  21. ^

External links

  • Aselsan website (English)
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