IDEAS Show Daily interviews STM’s General Manager Murat Ikinci

Published in Show Daily 2018 - Day 2


What is the main aim of STM in attending IDEAS 2018?

We attach utmost importance to IDEAS 2018 – one of the leading defence exhibitions in Asia – due to our collaborations and potential business volume in the defence industry in Pakistan under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey. We participate in IDEAS 2018 to develop and expand our defence industry co-operations with Pakistan into different areas including naval programmes, cyber security and others. As a company we ranked among the greatest defence companies in the Defense News Top 100 list in 2018, we aim to sign new projects in Pakistan and Asia in 2018.

Has STM attended previous defence shows in Pakistan – which and when?

STM has been attending Pakistan Defence Industry Fair IDEAS since the very beginning. We are privileged and glad to exhibit at IDEAS exhibitions and we will continue to be present at future events.

What are the new and main products you have on display?

STM makes use of its engineering skills and technologies in various strategic areas including naval platforms, satellites, cyber security, big data analytics and artificial intelligence to carry out critical projects as required by Turkey and friendly countries. At IDEAS 2018, which brings together the world’s leading defence industry firms, we exhibit MİLGEM -Ada Class Corvette-, Fast Attack Craft (FAC-55), our concept design for new submarine programme along with Pakistan Navy Fleet Replenishment Ship (PNS Moawin). Additionally, we introduce our ultra wide band radar family of products including Through The Wall Radar (DAR) and Standoff Through The Wall Radar (UHTES), attack and surveillance drones (KARGU and ALPAGU BLOCK II) as well as our integrated cyber security solutions.

Can you announce any orders that will be confirmed at the show?

At the fair, we intent to sign a contract with Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production for the mid-life modernisation of the third Agosta 90B class submarine operated by the Pakistan Navy. This is an exemplary project that certifies our co-operation in the naval area with Pakistan and opens STM’s capabilities in this field to the world. In addition to the naval co-operation with Pakistan, we plan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the cyber security domain with Pakistan Air University. This agreement with Pakistan Air University, which is responsible for setting up the National Centre of Cyber Security (NCCS) charged with the identification of the country’s cyber security strategies and development of its competencies in this area, will support Pakistan in the development of a national cyber security approach.

Which of your products are already used by the Pakistan Armed Forces?

STM has been working with the Pakistan Armed Forces for many years. These efforts have turned into concrete collaborations recently. As a part of the agreement executed with the Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production in 2013 under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), we designed and built the Navy Fleet Replenishment Ship (PNS Moawin) in the Karachi Shipyard and delivered it to the Pakistan Navy in October 2018. In addition to this important project, in 2016 we won the project initiated by the Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production for the mid-life modernisation of the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B Class submarines. Under the project, we successfully met the demands of the Pakistan Navy. In addition to the naval platforms, STM is responsible for the hydrographic / oceanographic survey and relevant engineering activities of a naval harbour.

What products are you currently developing / testing for the future?

In accordance with the vision set out by the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, STM develops unique and innovative solutions to fulfil the needs of the Turkish Armed Forces as well as friendly and allied countries. We will enhance our capabilities with new designs for naval platforms, autonomous and unmanned systems and cutting edge technological solutions in cyber security along with other high technology fields. Therefore I would like to highlight that STM will be always ready to cooperate and serve for requirements of the Pakistani government.