Turkish firm receives licenses for new howitzer technologies
ANKARA – Anadolu AgencyThe state-run Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) has moved to protect its intellectual property rights for its Fırtına howitzers, a weapon currently being used by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
The MKEK recently introduced two of its recent inventions, named the “Balancing Mechanism for Howitzer Cannon Systems” and the “Innovation in Arm Opening System in Howitzers,” and was granted licenses by the Turkish Patent Institute for the use of its new technologies.
The inventions that emerged during the local production processes of the artillery are now under protection for the next 10 years, meaning that third parties need permission to use them.
The MKEK produces about 65 percent of the Turkish military’s favorite platform, Fırtına, including its weapons. The Panter howitzers are fully produced by the Turkish arms manufacturer.
The T-155 Fırtına is a Turkish 155 mm self-propelled howitzer based on Samsung Techwin’s K9 Thunder. It has a maximum firing range of 40 kilometers, depending on the type of ammunition. It has the capacity to reach top speed of 66 km/h and is renowned for its high accuracy.
The MKEK produces weapons, ammunition, explosives, machinery, equipment and materials. It also seeks to increase domestic contributions to the defense industry and to produce new products tailored to the needs of the TSK.