The Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles (UCAV), produced by the Erdogan regime’s supporters and family companies, have killed dozens of Kurdish civilians in the northern, southern and western parts of Kurdistan.
Western countries remain silent about these massacres carried out by the Turkish state and many are actually making deals with Turkey in the production of UCAVs.
ANF journalists in South Kurdistan recently reached parts of some rockets fired from the Turkish state UCAVs. Experts examining the photos of these laser-guided MAM-C and MAM-L type rockets gave important information about the rocket manufacturers.
In addition, the government under Angela Merkel’s prime ministry has recently announced that it has approved the export of a total of 33 military equipment for the construction and use of military unmanned aerial vehicles to the Ankara regime in the last 10 years.
Following ANF’s research, five western companies stood out in the production of rockets and missiles fired from these UCAV. The companies are based in Germany, England and USA and here is their relation with the Turkish state:
WESCAM: The camera is undoubtedly the most important technology in both armed and unarmed drones. Bayraktar and TAI companies, which produce drones / UAVs for the Erdogan regime, use Canadian Wescam’s electro-optical (EO) and infrared (IR) cameras. In October 2019, when the Turkish state launched the invasion attacks on Rojava, Canada decided to embargo the sale of arms to Ankara. However, as a result of negotiations with the Canadian administration in May and June, the embargo was lifted and Wescam began to sell its cabin and optical instruments to the Turkish state again.
It was stated by the companies that produced the UAV that the Erdogan regime had problems with the supply of electro-optical camera system for many years. The company Wescam, which develops video systems again, has come to the rescue of the Turkish state, which ranks among the top three exporting weapons with Canada, and in recent years started to offer high resolution “MX-15D” and “CMX-15D” cameras to the Turkish state.
The stabilizer structure of these imaging devices produced by the company is transferred to the automatic pilot in the drone. With this feature, the target marked by the cabin is automatically tracked. Wescam took the cooperation with the Erdogan regime even further and granted the Turkish UAV manufacturer Baykar the right of licensed technical facilities. Baykur Wesca I Baykara establishing a company as well as an Authorized Service Center name “MX-15D and 15D CMX-like” model of maintenance and software update was allowed to do all the technical equipment in Turkey.
TDW: TDW is a subsidiary company of MBDA in Germany, a European based missile system developer and has French and Italian partners. It has undertaken the design work of OMTAS missiles fired from UCAVs. Developed as an anti-tank missile, OMTAS has been made suitable for use by the Turkish army in armaments with the “tandem warhead” system produced by TDW. These 35-kilogram medium-range missiles were also equipped with the “update horse” feature with the help of TDW. Thanks to this feature, it was made possible for the missile to change its target point even after firing.
TDW, which helps the production of OMTAS missiles that can go up to 4 km, is also targeted by international anti-war organizations. Because TDW only helps many repressive regimes like the Turkish state to produce weapons called “killer missiles”. TDW, headquartered in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, easily grants the licensing rights of its missile heads to foreign companies.
Turkey ranks first in the list of license rights grant. TDW could easily earn money in countries it allowed production without being under government control. Responding to Die Linke’s proposal last year, it turned out that the Merkel government approved two arms deals with the Turkish state in 2018. The total amount of the deals was announced as 290,000 Euros. The cooperation of the Turkish state with TDW started in 2010.
UTAS: UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), a subsidiary of the US giant aviation company Collins Aerospace, was founded in 2012. It has many investments in Turkey including with Turkish Airlines. It provides Turkey with the “Inertial Navigation System” technology. This technology, which determines the absolute position of a moving vehicle by using accelerometer and protractor sensors, is also an indispensable feature of UAVs.
According to ANF’s research, UTAS company operating in England under the name of Atlantic Inertial Systems produces the laser technology of the MAM-L “and” MAM-C rockets fired from the Turkish state’s UCAVs. The MAM-C rockets, called “Javelin” by the Turkish state, weigh 6.5 kg and have a diameter of 70mm. MAM-L weighs 22 kg. The main feature of both rockets is that, unlike other rockets / missiles, they are non-motorized and work with laser.
The GPS and “Inertial Navigation System” received from UTAS play a critical role for the MAM-L and “MAM-C rockets used by Turkish state-owned UCAVs against civilians, especially in Rojava and South Kurdistan. Because this technology allows to find the target at the point reached by measuring the speed, acceleration and angle movements from a reference point.
CONTINENTAL MOTORS: Germany-based “Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH” and “Continental Aerospace Technologies GmbH” joined in 2013 to establish a company called Continental Motors. The main feature of the company is that it produces engines for small sized aircraft and air vehicles. Continental Motors company produced diesel engines named “Continental CD 155” for “Bayraktar TB2” vehicles and “PD155” engines for Anka-S.
Since 2010, according to data from the Federal Government, Continental Motors is collaborating with Turkey. However, Motors had deals with Turkey in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016, as confirmed by an answer to Die Linke. However, the contents of the agreements are not disclosed as are labelled as “state secrets”.
NUMERICS SOFTWARE GMBH: Numerics Software GmbH has headquarters in the town of Petershausen near Munich, and has helped Turkey with the software of rockets launched from the unmanned aerial vehicles. According to the data of the German Ministry of Economy and Energy, Numerics Software GmbH has approved 2 deals with the Turkish state in 2008, one in 2011 and two in 2013.