Navantia has signed a cooperation contract with AYESAS for the Turkish LHD Integrated Platform Management System.

The signing took place in Istanbul during the IDEF2017 exhibition, from 9-12 May.

In line with the Turkish Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) contract for the Undersecretary for Defense Industries (SSM), and with the clear objective to increase the cooperation with the local industry, Navantia has reached an agreement with the local company AYESAS for the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) for the Turkish LHD.

AYESAS will perform the following activities:

  • Design, material procurement and manufacturing of the IPMS consoles (17 units).
  • Human machine interface and manuals adaptation to the Turkish LHD needs, both for training and operation purposes
  • LHD crew training for the IPMS.
  • Setting to work, tests and system delivery support.
  • On board installation support.

One of the main objectives of the contract is to provide AYESAS with the necessary autonomy to support the IPMS during its full life cycle.

During the same event, both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for other naval ships IPMS business opportunities, both for midlife upgrades and new buildings within Turkey and its area of influence. This is in order to provide joint offers for IPMS opportunities.

It is foreseen that AYESAS will lead the proposals with Navantia’s support, and the Turkish content of the system will be increasing until the point where it will be an AYESAS’ system "powered by" Navantia.

The agreement reinforces Navantia’s commitment towards cooperation with the Turkish defence industry, which is being extended to other areas such as naval design and procurement of military equipment from Turkey for the LHD and other Navantia programmes.