Defense Industries Research and Development Institute - SAGE was established in 1972, and is active at Lalahan Site which is 30 km. away from the city center of Ankara. The Institute is a part of TUBÄ°TAK - The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and specializes in the field of defense industry. The main function of SAGE is to perform research and development activities for defense systems including engineering and prototype production, starting with their fundamental research and conceptual design. Most of the projects are performed in coordination with related defense institutions. TÜBÄ°TAK SAGE offers specific products and services for the current and future requirements of Turkish Armed Forces and the Defense Industry through national Research and Development based on knowledge and advanced technology. The fulfilment of this is based on customer satisfaction, ensuring added value to the country, continuous development and satisfaction of employees, the global and national competitiveness of the products and services and continuous improvement of quality management system. SAGE believes international cooperation is as important as national partnerships and wishes to exchange knowledge with various partners from allied countries.