ANKARA, (BM) – Ismail Demir, head of the Republic’s Defense Industry Directorate, said the explosion occurred on Tuesday at the Roketsan plant, which is Turkey’s largest arms manufacturer, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing EurAsia Daily.
“According to preliminary data, no one died in the explosion at the (enterprise – Ed.) Roketsan,” Demir wrote on his Twitter page, reports TASS.
However, it became known that three people were injured in the explosion.
As the Hurriyet newspaper in turn informed, the explosion occurred at a factory located in Elmadag County in Ankara Province. According to the agency Demiroren, at least three people were injured as a result of the emergency.
Roketsan Roket Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S. is a major Turkish weapons manufacturer and defense contractor based in the central Anatolian province of Ankara.
Incorporated in 1988 by Turkey’s Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSİK) in order to establish the nation’s industrial base on rocket technology, the company has quickly risen to become one of Turkey’s top 500 industrial establishments.
Roketsan’s current share holders include TSKGV (Turkish Armed Forces Foundation) (55.5%), Aselsan (15%), MKEK (15%), Vakıflar Bankası (10%), Havelsan (4.5%).
Roketsan is best known for its vast range of unguided rockets as well as laser and infrared guided missiles such as Cirit and UMTAS. The company also produces subsystems for Stinger and Rapier missiles and provides technology and engineering solutions for other integrated civilian and military platforms.
In 2013 Turkey approved the construction by Roketsan of its first satellite launching center, initially for low earth orbit satellites.
Roketsan is the only Turkish company to have obtained CMMI/ DEV 3 (Capability Maturity Model Integration – for Development) approval for all its design and development processes.
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