In line with the Turkish Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) contract for the Undersecretary for Defense Industries (SSM) and with the clear objective to increase the cooperation with the local industry, Navantia has reached an agreement with the local company AYESAŞ for the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the Turkish LHD.
The signing took place in Istanbul this past week during IDEF2017 exhibition, held from 9-12 May.
Under the contract AYESAŞ will perform the following activities:
- Design, material procurement and manufacturing of the IPMS consoles (17 units)
- Human machine interface and manuals adaptation to the Turkish LHD needs, both for training and operation purposes
- LHD crew training for the IPMS
- Setting to work, tests and system delivery support
- Installation on board support
Due to the fact that one of the main objectives of this contract is to provide AYESAŞ with the necessary autonomy to support the IPMS during its full life cycle, during the same event, both parties are signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for other naval ships IPMS business opportunities, both for midlife upgrades and new buildings within Turkey and its area of influence, in order to provide joint offers for such IPMS opportunities.
It is foreseen that AYESAŞ will lead the proposals with Navantia’s support, and the Turkish content of the system will be increasing until the point where it will be an AYESAŞ’ system “powered by” Navantia.
The signature of both agreements reinforces Navantia’s commitment towards cooperation with the Turkish defense industries which is being extended to other areas like naval design and procurement of military equipment from Turkey for the LHD and other Navantia programs.
The Spanish shipbuilder Navantia is a world reference in the design, construction and integration of state-of-the-art war ships, as well as ship repairs & modernizations. It is also engaged in the design and manufacture of Integrated Platform Management Systems, Fire Control Systems, Command and Control systems, Propulsion Plants and through life support for all its products. Even though its main line of activity is in the naval field, Navantia designs and manufactures systems for the Army and the Air Force.
NAVANTIA is part of Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 15 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of more than 73,000 professionals in 2015; the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further nine companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.
AYESAŞ is a joint venture of Zorlu Group of Turkey (60%) and L-3 Communications of the USA (40%), located in Ankara, Turkey and has around 250 employees. As an internationally competitive Engineering and Manufacturing Service provider, AYESAŞ offers best valued solutions in air defense systems, advanced electronics assemblies for naval and airborne systems and safety critical avionics & embedded software.