Tur­key big­gest par­tic­i­pant at de­fense ex­hi­bi­tion in South­east Asia

Look­ing to ex­pand ex­port mar­kets in Asia, 29 Turk­ish in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions at­tended the De­fense Ser­vices Asia (DSA), which be­gan yes­ter­day in Kuala Lumpur

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Money -

ONE of the big­gest de­fense ex­hi­bi­tions in South­east Asia kicked off yes­ter­day in the Malaysian cap­i­tal of Kuala Lumpur. Led by the Turk­ish Un­der­sec­re­tariat for De­fense In­dus­tries (SSM), a to­tal of 29 in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions are at­tend­ing the De­fense Ser­vices Asia (DSA), which will last un­til April 19.

With a 1,418-square-me­ter stand area, Tur­key will be the big­gest par­tic­i­pant of this year’s expo, the state­ment by the Turk­ish de­fense body said.

Turk­ish de­fense gi­ants are look­ing to ex­pand their ex­port mar­kets in Asia. Tur­key and Malaysia are ex­pected to make a co­op­er­a­tion on var­i­ous sec­tors, in­clud­ing soft­ware-based ra­dio projects and drones as well as a va­ri­ety of am­mu­ni­tion, it added.

In 2016, Tur­key at­tended the ex­hi­bi­tion with 21 com­pa­nies.

Around 43,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to visit the expo in which more than 350 of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tions from 45 coun­tries will par­tic­i­pate.

One of the lead­ing land ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, FNSS De­fense Sys­tem will ex­hibit its PARS 6x6 SCOUT ar­mored ve­hi­cle for the first time at the event.

In ad­di­tion, the AV-8 Gem­pita, which is de­vel­oped and pro­duced by us­ing PARS tech­nol­ogy for Malaysia, will be wait­ing for its vis­i­tors at DEFTECH’s stand, the Malaysian part­ner of the FNSS. FNSS is the main sys­tems in­te­gra­tor and tech­nol­ogy provider for DEFTECH’s AV-8 8x8 Ar­mored Wheeled Ve­hi­cle Pro­gram.

The pro­gram, which was signed be­tween the two sides in 2011, is suc­cess­fully con­tin­u­ing as the num­ber of the ve­hi­cles de­liv­ered to the Malaysian Land Forces has reached 118.

The project, which is un­der­ly­ing the FNSS’s PARS 8X8 ve­hi­cle, con­sti­tutes one of the largest ex­port con­tract sys- tems con­ducted at once with a bud­get of $559 mil­lion.

The fair also pro­vides im­por­tant op­por­tu­ni­ties for meet­ings with high-level rep­re­sen­ta­tives from re­gional coun­tries such as Malaysia, Pak­istan, In­done­sia and the Philip­pines.

Tur­key’s lead­ing de­fense com­pany, Turk­ish Aero­space In­dus­tries (TAI), will show­case its un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cle (UAV) ANKA, ad­vanced at­tack and tac­ti­cal re­con­nais­sance he­li­copter T129 ATAK and the new gen­er­a­tion ba­sic trainer HÜRKUŞ, as well as na­tional jet fighter TF-X, at the fair.

The com­pany is ex­pected to es­tab­lish strong co­op­er­a­tion in Malaysia by par­tic­u­larly fea­tur­ing ANKA.

Af­ter de­fense fairs in Lon­don, Bahrain, Bangkok and Kuwait, Turk­ish de­fense giant Kat­mer­ciler is sched­uled to dis­play a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts at the 16th DSA.

The com­pany at­tracts at­ten­tion with its de­fense and se­cu­rity prod­ucts, all of which are de­signed and de­vel­oped in its own re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) cen­ter.

Kat­mer­ciler plans to seize the op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce its wide-range prod­uct port­fo­lio to mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tions from var­i­ous coun­tries, in­clud­ing Malaysia, in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives, rang­ing from wheeled ar­mored ve­hi­cles to re­mote un­manned land ve­hi­cles and ar­mored work ma­chines. Otokar, a Koç Group com­pany, con­tin­ues to strengthen its po­si­tion in the de­fense in­dus­try. Fea­tur­ing its orig­i­nal prod­ucts around the world, Otokar will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Asia’s largest de­fense in­dus­try fair DSA, fol­low­ing Chile and Brazil. The com­pany will show­case the Cobra II ar­mored per­son­nel car­rier which stands out with its high level of pro­tec­tion, spa­cious in­te­rior and su­pe­rior mo­bil­ity dur­ing the event.

The AV-8 Gem­pita is de­vel­oped and pro­duced by FNNS De­fense Sys­tems for Malaysia.

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