Signatures for Turkey’s first digital underwater phone
KoçDefunma (Koç Bilgi ve Savunma Teknolojileri AŞ) and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM (TÜBİTAK Informatics and Information Security Advanced Technologies Research Center), the innovative brand of the Turkish defense industry, are preparing for the 100th anniversary of the Republic with a strong project that connects underwater and above water seamlessly and digitally. Bringing digitalization to a different platform for underwater communication, the Next Generation Digital Underwater Telephone (D-Satel) was introduced to the public at a launch held at the pond proving ground of the TÜBİTAK Gebze campus with the participation of senior staff from KoçSavunma and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM.
D-Satel technology, which will be produced and developed in cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM and KoçDefence, is expected to be put into service on Turkish type frigates (TF-6) and later on all new ships, starting with MİLGEM 7, 8 and 2000 ships, which are one of the important milestones of the Turkish defense industry.
Speaking at D-Satel’s introductory meeting, TÜBİTAK BİLGEM Chairman Ali Görçin said, “I believe that this cooperation between the public and private sectors will guide new initiatives in this field with its technology and the added value it will bring to our country. Transforming the experience and knowledge gained from the development activities of underwater telephones for surface ships and REIS-class submarines into a domestic and national digital underwater telephone capable of competing at scale worldwide, expresses strong potential in terms of the domestic and national nature of our defense products.
D-Satel, which is an important asset for the competition of the Turkish defense industry in international markets, will undertake critical tasks as a technology that strengthens our domestic and national position while meeting global standards in the field of digital warfare technologies of the future. . Such collaborations, which cover both product development, sales and export and after-sales services, will also encourage well-designed business models within the Turkish defense industry, such as in the example of KoçDefence – TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. used his statements.
Will be active in the global market
KoçSavunma Board Chairman Erkut Tekinkaya stressed that the Digital Underwater Phone (D-Satel) project is important to show the level of digitalization in the defense industry:
“With TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, the successful name of our defense industry in R&D studies, we are bringing innovative technologies to our country. kazanWe are proud that the cooperation between dıran KoçDefence, which started with Satel, has reached a whole new level with D-Satel. Accelerating digital transformation in the Kazan defense industryThe new D-Satel project, which is on the defense agenda, has emerged based on new operational conditions and urgent needs for faster and more more flexible.
In addition to existing underwater telephone communication capabilities with voice and morse codes, the need to use various digital protocols that today enable short code messaging is accelerating the transfer of underwater communication to digital platforms. The Digital Underwater Telephone (D-Satel) technology, which will be developed in cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM and KoçSavunma, can work in integration with existing systems thanks to its backward compatibility feature beyond its digital communication capabilities.
This provides a great advantage to defense in terms of the integrity of state and national communication platforms and in terms of economic values. I hope that such projects, which strengthen the position of our defense industry in world markets, will multiply and be beneficial for our country.
KOÇSAVUNMA will develop the technology
Within the framework of work sharing determined by the agreement between KoçDefunma and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM; transducer development, mechanical design, integrated logistics support, warranty, maintenance, spare parts supply, marketing and sales as well as technology development costs. TÜBİTAK BİLGEM will develop the software and hardware components of the main unit during this period. Thus, it is reported that the first product will be ready for use within two years, including testing activities.
New economic model in the defense industry
One of the important results of the Digital Underwater Communication Telephone (D-Satel) project was the business model maintained by TÜBİTAK BİLGEM and KoçSavunma. The contract for the development of Digital Underwater Telephone (D-Satel) was signed on May 24, 2022 between KoçSavunma and TÜBİTAK BİLGEM. The product will be launched under the KoçDefence brand, and service and license payments will be made to TÜBİTAK BİLGEM for each sale. KoçSavunma, one of the innovative brands of the Turkish defense industry, will ensure the production of D-Satel, which it will develop in cooperation with TÜBİTAK BİLGEM, as well as the marketing and after-sales services of these products at the national and global scale. ladder.