HORIBA MIRA signs agreement with leading Turkish defence firm

- Cooperation deal sees HORIBA MIRA collaborate with Katmerciler
- Consortium to develop state of the art unmanned land vehicle platforms


HORIBA MIRA – a world-leader in unmanned ground vehicle systems, has announced the signing of a deal with a consortium including Turkish defence company Katmerciler.

The consortium, which also includes Savronik and Delta, will now work to develop MIRA’s state-of-the-art unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) platform VIKING to meet specific Turkish requirements. The UGV can be integrated with various payloads including the detection of improvised explosive devices, remote surveillance and soldier support.

The agreement for strategic international cooperation was formally signed at the 2018 Turkish British Tatlıdil Forum, in the UK – a forum established in 2011 to improve political, economic and cultural ties between the UK and Turkey. The talks were chaired by former Home Secretary Jack Straw and attended by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who was in the UK on a state visit and for meetings with UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Turkish Undersecretary of Defence Industries (SSM), İsmail Demir also attended the meeting and witnessed the signing.

The HORIBA MIRA team will provide their expertise in developing the prototype platform – an unmanned ground vehicle complete with autonomous technology and an advanced hybrid powertrain.

Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA, said: “This deal further represents how HORIBA MIRA is viewed on the world stage as a world-leader in high-tech autonomous vehicles. It is testament to the reputation of our engineers that we are the go-to company for developing innovative vehicles for the defence industry.”


From left front row:
Hakan Celikoglu – Delta, Nick Fell – HORIBA MIRA, Mehmet Katmerci – Katmerciler
From left back row: Ismael Demir – SSM, Hikmet Topcuoglu - Savronik