Noyan Dede: Our experience spans 40 years full of learning and development… With our team of 130 staffs, we are specialized in producing voice communication systems for Turkey`s mission-critical applications. Today, we undertake the life cycle management of our own systems, including system design, software development, production, integration and after-sales services. We started in this journey with contract work, then we extended to integration and then to the development of our own systems. Our vision is to become one of the strong competitors for these systems globally.
Noyan Dede: 2019 was a milestone for us. In 2019, we completed some of our critical projects and we reached the home stretch in other projects. Multitasking at the same time in engineering and system development is a capability that most of our competitors do not have.
Also, 2019 has another meaning for us. In the last period of the year, we have signed a contract for the first time to deliver our voice communication systems developed for air traffic control to an overseas client.
Noyan Dede: In the field of Civil Aviation, we follow the regulations with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) regarding the new needs that have emerged due to the increased usage rate of unmanned systems, in particular. On the air traffic control side, we continue to hold talks with the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMI) to further expand our domestic and national systems and minimize foreign dependency.
We continue to present our projects not only for our airports, but also for air traffic control centers and unmanned aircraft traffic.
During the period that we had gained momentum abroad, the Covid-19 outbreak hit and impacted global trade. We are holding for the effects of the outbreak to fade in the world, and we are maintaining our position.
Noyan Dede: Since 2017, we have been following the opportunities with our own systems ready for export. We are confident enough in our systems and our competitiveness.
Through the contract we signed with the civil aviation authority of the Kingdom of Morocco in 2019, we are eager to accelerate our export activities by increasing our recognition level abroad.
Noyan Dede: Our voice communication system and recording and replay system, which we designed and produced with domestic and national resources under the ONUR brand in the field of Air Traffic Control Systems, have the capability to meet all the needs of both airports and air traffic control centers. Currently, the communication in military airspace of our country which is quite intense is carried out with ONUR systems. This actually indicates the high level of competency that we have achieved as a company.
We are also confident in civil airspace management and control. We continue our talks for further use of our own systems, which are developed in our country and provide 24/7 support, instead of the foreign-origin systems used so far.
As you know, Voice Communication Systems (VCS) are now evolving to operate compatible with Internet Protocol (IP) numerically. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) are in the process of setting standards and rules for this brand-new application. We, as ONUR Mühendislik, participate in the standard-setting process with the invitation of the aforesaid institutions and we represent our country. This detail alone is sufficiently acknowledges the level of our competence.
Noyan Dede: Today, Mobile Air Traffic Control Towers are the systems frequently used for air traffic control in emergencies or special conditions. In short, these are the systems that can be transported anywhere with a carrier vehicle and become operational within 1 hour. Currently, there are two ONUR OMT-M2000s in the inventory of the Turkish Air Forces Command. They successfully perform their tasks at home and across the border. Our negotiations continue for the use of these systems in international projects.
Noyan Dede: We can easily say that our Voice Communication System (OCS-NG4000), developed and produced indigenously, is the most capable and competitive product in terms of its features and price in its own market.
We have secured a tender in 2019, we are now carrying out the first export activity of this system, currently used in 37 airports in Turkey (11 of which are civilian), for the 5 airports in the Kingdom of Morocco.
In addition, as a local company, one of our most important added value areas is our ability to respond to all kinds of support and improvement requests in the shortest possible time.
Noyan Dede: After our intense efforts in this project, we have completed the deliveries for 7 airports. With the start of 2020, our systems started to be commissioned.
Our Voice Communication, Recording and Replay Systems installed at the airports have many superior features. For example, the systems are able to support all kinds of telephone and radio interfaces, match the radio systems with phone calls, they allow the system components to be installed at different locations over the network and allow all calls to be recorded with time stamps.
Noyan Dede: This is a very good question. We have established our IP-Based Voice Communication System at 11 civil airports so far. We continue our support activities for such systems on a 24/7 basis.
We have nearly 40 more new airports and we, as the expert in this field in our country, are willing to establish our systems at all of these airports. For the needs that may arise both at airports and air traffic control centers, we expect support from DHMI, as other countries give to their own manufacturers.
Noyan Dede: Within the scope of the projects realized, system maintenance training was given to the maintenance staff located at all relevant airports. In addition, user training was also provided to user operators.
Noyan Dede: I have referred to our projects for 4+7 airports for which we are responsible to DHMI. We are also willing to conduct the modernization project of DHMI for its air traffic control centers and we expect its support to companies having domestic and national solutions. Our systems seamlessly operate under the control of the military airspace of our country. We also want to prove ourselves in the civil aviation field.
Noyan Dede: As a company with 40 years of experience, we have gained significant know-how and seasoned experience during this 40-year period. Our journey started first with contract work and then it extended to integration and now we develop our own systems.
ONUR Mühendislik is one of the few companies in the world that has the know-how to integrate all systems at airports. We have recently undertaken the integration of ILS systems of Sabiha Gökçen Airport`s existing and new runways and we continue our activities in this project.
We are in search of establishing partnerships with the foreign navigation systems manufacturers, in which ONUR Mühendislik will assume an integrator role.
Noyan Dede: As I mentioned previously, we have an ongoing project in the Kingdom of Morocco. This export is an important step for us. With this achievement, we are now able to meet the qualification requirements of many tenders. We believe that we can be exceptionally competitive in every region under the conditions of fair competition. Therefore, we keep a close watch on all kinds of tenders appropriate to our conditions, in Eastern Europe, Turkic Republics and the Middle East.
Noyan Dede: As I previously mentioned, transition of communication systems to an IP-based structure makes them more “vulnerable” to cyber threats, while providing ease of use and flexibility. For this reason, we are working on new capabilities towards requests received from our users to make our systems more robust and secure against cyber threats.
Noyan Dede: Many of the projects executed by our company are R&D projects. All the products that are developed and produced under these projects are indigenous products and incorporate critical innovation.
The majority of our ongoing R&D activities are based on gaining cyber security capabilities to the products that I mentioned earlier.
Noyan Dede: During the next 10 years, we want to become a regional power center and a global competitor with brand awareness and value in the sector.
Within our company, we aim to achieve a shorter design-production-delivery cycle and further increase customer satisfaction.
Noyan Dede: Our top priority is the IDEF fair within the country, but you know it will be held next year, in 2021.
Unfortunately, the international fairs we planned to attend were canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Noyan Dede: Our Presidency of Defense Industries shows the most determined stance to support domestic and national solutions in our country, and thanks to this stance, many large- and small-scale enterprises, and most importantly, our country has acquired an indigenous product with high added value in its field. Our greatest wish is that other public institutions also give priority to indigenous and national products in conducting their supply plans, with the same sensitive approach