SWISSto12 and PROFEN announce strategic partnership to bring industry-leading satellite connectivity solutions to Turkey’s aerospace market


Lausanne, Switzerland and Istanbul, Turkey, 09 March 2023

SWISSto12, Switzerland’s fastest-growing aerospace company and a leading manufacturer of advanced Radio Frequency (RF) products and systems, and PROFEN, a Turkey-based provider of technology and Satellite Communication (SATCOM) services, today announced a multi-year, strategic partnership to bring industry-leading mobile connectivity solutions to aerospace, maritime and telecommunication markets worldwide.

The partnership between SWISSto12 and PROFEN will accelerate the design, development and production of 3D-printed K/Ka-band antennas for SATCOM on the move (SOTM) user terminals for in-flight, maritime and land mobile connectivity. Additionally, the sales and representation agreement for satellite communications and surveillance applications in the aerospace industry will facilitate the introduction of SWISSto12’s overall RF product portfolio in Turkey and countries where PROFEN is active.

SWISSto12 pioneered the development of advanced Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology, which has acquired strong momentum in the aerospace industry over the last decade. SWISSto12’s AM technology enables the production of highly complex, intricate and non-conventional product designs that were previously constrained by manufacturing limitations of performance, weight, size, and cost competitiveness. Through optimized manufacturing tolerances, surface finishes, plating techniques, and RF designs, SWISSto12 is able to deliver advanced RF performance, size, and weight savings while maintaining product competitiveness.

Dr. Emile de Rijk, SWISSto12 founder and CEO, said: “SWISSto12 is defined by its purpose to connect the world through next-generation space technology. The strategic partnership with PROFEN is an important milestone in this endeavor and our joint product portfolio will serve a growing customer base with enhanced connectivity. PROFEN has rightly established itself as a fast-growing leader in the Turkish aerospace market and I am looking forward to collaborating with a highly experienced team as we bring a specialized RF offering to the Turkish market and beyond.”

Onder Havuzlu, CEO of PROFEN, said: “PROFEN’s reputation in targeted markets, and technology and product development, together with its systems integration expertise in satellite communication, aligns with SWISSto12’s vision to design and develop pioneering products. We believe this long-term strategic partnership will strengthen the market reach of both companies and ensure real-time connectivity for our customer base wherever it is needed. We are excited to broaden our portfolio by including SWISSto12’s world-class innovative RF products and also by collaborating on the development of a very cost effective, high performing SOTM terminal to solve connectivity problems in the telecommunication, maritime and aviation sectors.

By leveraging 3D printing expertise and advanced technology, SWISSto12 is addressing the increasingly challenging size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) requirements of prime contractors. Accordingly, SWISSto12 has delivered over 1000 RF products successfully operating in space applications today and its technology has been acquired by a roster of renowned international clients in recent years, including Thales Alenia Space and Lockheed Martin Space for space, aerospace or maritime applications.

As a service provider to industry-leading satellite operators, PROFEN has already been contracted to integrate its in-flight connectivity solution to 100+ narrowbody aircrafts for prominent Turkish airlines. In addition, the company has installed 10.000+ VSAT terminals for clients worldwide. The first private teleport in Turkey, which is owned and operated by PROFEN, and Tier-3 data center strengthen PROFEN’s ability to deliver the most innovative and high-quality services and products for multi-national clients globally.

About SWISSto12

SWISSto12 is a leading manufacturer of advanced Radio Frequency products and systems telecommunications and surveillance applications for the aeronautic industry. SWISSto12 has developed commercially with success in Europe and in the USA, and is the fastest growing Swiss aerospace company.

The company also provides satellite payloads and systems, including the HummingSat: a small yet powerful geostationary telecommunications satellite. The company’s satellites and payloads benefit from unique and patented 3D printing technologies and associated Radio Frequency (RF) product designs that deliver lightweight, compact, highly performing, and competitive RF functionality.

SWISSto12 spun off in 2011 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is privately owned and backed by prominent Swiss and European Investors. Learn more about us:




Founded in 1995, Profen is a leading player in the global communications technologies market. With its own research and development center and offices in Istanbul, Ankara, Konya, Tewkesbury (UK), and Baku (Azerbaijan), Profen has been providing cutting-edge solutions to customers around the world for more than 28 years.

Profen offers an extensive range of satellite communication services; from VSAT networks to gateway earth stations and data centers across multiple continents. Profen’s unique capability is to design complex next-generation network infrastructure solutions based on Satcom technologies for maximum efficiency and performance.  

Profen’s commitment to innovation on all fronts allows it to offer superior services to clients of all sizes – from individuals with specialized needs up to large enterprises looking for reliable connectivity solutions that span multiple sites around the globe. Learn more about us: