The very first and symbolic cement of ASELSAN Fine Optics Research and Production Facility's foundation has been laid with a ceremony with the participation of Minister of National Defence, Mr. İsmet YILMAZ.
ASELSAN Fine Optics Research and Production Joint Stock Company is setup by 50% ASELSAN and 50 % Sivas Optics Material Industry and Trade Company shares. Facility will be operate within the premises of Cumhuriyet University Technocity in Sivas.
Sivas Deputy Governor Mr. Ömer KALAYLI, Cumhuriyet University's Rector Prof. Dr. Sami HIZMETLI, Turkish Defence Minister Mr. İsmet YILMAZ, Advisor to the Minister of Defence and ASELSAN's Chairman of Board Dr. Hasan CANPOLAT, ASELSAN's CEO Mr. Cengiz ERGENEMAN, HAVELSAN's CEO Mr. Sadık YAMAC, Sivas City Trade and Industry Chamber President Mr.Osman YILDIRIM, Defence and Aviation Industry Exporters Chamber's President Mr. Latif Aral ALİS and several civil society organisations' representatives and fellow citizens have attended the foundation laying ceremony.
In his speech, Turkish Defence Minister Mr. İsmet YILMAZ stated that "it is an important date for Sivas and Tuskish defence industry in witnessing such a strategically important facility being established in Sivas". He also cited that, ASELSAN Fine Optics Research and Production Facility, as a priority will operate within the fields of design and production of optic components for ultraviolet visible and low infrared bands.