Defence Industry Agency (SSB) announced in January 2022 its 2022 schedule and targets for the year. This article will remind the targets that were accomplished in 2022. The President of SSB, Professor İsmail Demir, has predicted that the industry would export more than $ 4 billion in 2022 and Turkiye reached that goal on December 18, 2022, with $ 4.084 billion .

Turkish Defence and Aviation in 2022

Some of the main targets were;• 

The development and production of parts of the Turkish Fighter Aircraft (TF)• 

The first deliveries of the indigenous helicopter GÖKBEY to the Gendarmerie General Command• 

The roll-out of Jet Training and Light Attack Aircraft HÜRJET• 

The delivery of HÜRKUŞ Close Air Support Training (HYEU) aircraft• 

The delivery of Mini UAV-D systems and Mini UAV BOYGAs that drop ammunition• 

To conduct the maiden flight of Bayraktar TB3 Armed UAV• 

To deliver the first batch of BOZDOĞAN and GÖKDOĞAN air-to-air missiles.• 

To integrate Gökdeniz Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) into the TCG ISTANBUL Frigate• 

To deliver the first batch of SUNGUR Portable Air Defence Missiles•

To deliver the first batch of KARAOK ATGM• 

To deliver the first batch of PARS 6x6 Mine Protected Vehicles•

The first delivery of the Armoured Amphibious Assault Vehicle ZAHA• 

To deliver the first batch of Armoured Combat Vehicle-ZMA with a modernised and integrated unmanned gun turret•

To sign MILGEM 6-7-8th ship contracts.• 

The integration studies of Bayraktar TB3 Armed UAV to the Multi-Purpose Amphibious Assault Ship ANADOLU would begin.• 

First New Type of Submarine Project would begin sea trials, and the 2nd Submarine will be towed into the dock.•

 New unmanned sea vehicles projects would start• KTJ3200 Turbojet Engine to be used in SOM and ATMACA missiles would be delivered•

 First deliveries of Early Warning Radar System ERALP, Low Altitude Radar System ALP and Airport Traffic Radars (HTRS) would be made• 

The first x-ray vehicle and container scanning system, MİLTAR (National Scanning System), would be installed at the facility of the Ministry of Commerce in İzmir Alsancak Port.•

 The installation of the Gendarmerie Smart Control Point and the Gendarmerie Smart Patrol Application would begin

Even though there were many declarations and expectations about the delivery of TCG Anadolu to the Turkish Navy in 2022, this target was not mentioned in the timetable. The maiden flight of Baykar’s Kızılelma jet engine UAV was not on the agenda either. None of the major missile Surface-to-surface, Surface-to-Air defence missile projects were mentioned as they require confidentiality until it is succeeded.As of December 31, 2022, some of the achievements are;Turkish Fighter (TF) Composite building was put into service, and TF entered the final assembly line. Teber82, KGK82, LGK82, Tolun, and TRG-230 IHA were dropped from UAV. Boyga UAV entered the inventory.

Turkish Defence and Aviation in 2022The F-16 structural improvement programme continues. An A400M fleet of 10 aircraft is completed, even though two of them were stuck in Kyiv for ten months. Baykar exported Akıncı UAV, and TUSAŞ exported T129 Atak helicopters for the first time. TCG Ufuk SIGINT ship is put into service. The first new generation submarine Piri Reis started its sea trials. Various types of AUSVs, Salvo, Sancar, Mir, Albatros-s, and Marlin, are introduced, and the contract to procure an AUSV Ulaq is signed with Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defence. FNSS exported Kaplan medium tank. FNSS has also delivered Pars 6X6 mine-protected armoured vehicle, while ASELSAN delivered the modernised ACV-15. Leopard 2A4 modernisation continues. Hisar O RF test shots were made, but the year is completed with Siper 1 that hit the target over 100 km range. Sungur air defence entered the inventory. Tayfun surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which will eventually reach 1000 km, conducted its maiden test. The serial production of Tayfun will start in 2023 due to the recent Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) decision. Kale Arge delivered KTJ3200 engines to SOMs. First deliveries of Early Warning Radar Systems ERALP and HTRS are conducted.

The war between Azerbaijan and Armenia caused a Canadian embargo to Turkiye on ISR payloads. ASELSAN developed its CATS to replace Canadian products. The CATS payload integration started in 2022, even though it was not envisaged beforehand.Most recent, SSİK decided to start MİLGEM 6,7 and 8th ship construction. The process will soon begin in 2023.Turkish Defence Ministry sent a Letter of Request (LoR) to the US to upgrade 79 F-16 aircraft to Block 70 Viper level and to acquire 40 F-16 Block 70. The Biden administration has not responded to the LoR yet, but the SSİK decided to upgrade all remaining F-16 fleet to Özgür Project level, which is almost equal to F-16 Block 60 + level as ASELSAN’s MURAD AESA radar is integrated into the project.Turkish Utility Helicopter Project T-70 started the deliveries. Two helicopters have been delivered so far. The Gökbey indigenous helicopter is waiting for delivery, but it did not occur in 2022.

Turkish Defence and Aviation in 2022

Gökdeniz Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) was supposed to be integrated into TCG İstanbul frigate. There is no declaration about the system. The last photo from the TCG İstanbul dates back to November. TCG İstanbul appeared in the background during the launching ceremony of Pakistan’s PN MİLGEM third vessel. An OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun was seen on the ship, but Gökdeniz was not spotted. Turkish Naval Air Force has Meltem-3 Project that includes six P-72 Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The last two aircraft were supposed to be delivered. The fifth aircraft was delivered in 2022, and the sixth will be delivered in 2023.TUSAŞ’s six Hürkuş aircraft are yet to be delivered to the Air Force.