Deals signed at fair in Doha dis­play Turkey’s de­fense, tech­nol­ogy suc­cesses

Turkey’s lead­ing de­fense and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Baykar, Nurol Mak­ina, ASEL­SAN and BMC, which at­tracted much at­ten­tion at the DIMDEX 2018 fair in Qatar, signed a num­ber of agree­ments dur­ing the three-day de­fense fair

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Busi­ness -

THE DOHA In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime De­fense Ex­hi­bi­tion and Con­fer­ence (DIMDEX 2018), in which the Turk­ish de­fense in­dus­try showed a strong pres­ence, has re­sulted in sev­eral agree­ments be­ing signed by the coun­try’s de­fense and tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies. At­tract­ing a lot of at­ten­tion at the fair, Baykar, Nurol Mak­ina, ASEL­SAN and BMC were some of the com­pa­nies that signed deals in Doha. More than 30 Turk­ish firms show­cased their prod­ucts at the three-day fair with land, air and naval plat­forms.

THE COUN­TRY’S lead­ing con­trac­tors dis­played their state-of-the-art de­fense prod­ucts, in­clud­ing ar­mored cars, drones, high-speed boats, weapons sys­tems and sim­u­la­tors.

Na­tional De­fense Min­is­ter Nuret­tin Canikli, Chief of Gen­eral Staff Gen. Hu­lusi Akar and Un­der­sec­re­tary for De­fense In­dus­tries (SSM) İs­mail Demir at­tended the sixth in­stall­ment of DIMDEX 2018, which kicked off at the Qatar Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in the Qatar cap­i­tal of Doha on Mon­day and ended yes­ter­day.

Ankara gives great im­por­tance to co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries in the de­fense in­dus­try in the Gulf re­gion and wants to de­velop co­op­er­a­tion with coun­tries in ev­ery field. Car­ry­ing re­la­tions based on mu­tual trust, com­mon val­ues and in­ter­est to a more ad­vanced point, as well as the ex­ports of prod­ucts to be jointly pro­duced, the deals will re­port­edly con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of the armed forces of Turkey and re­gional coun­tries and the es­tab­lish­ment of sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.

Baykar, the maker of the Bayrak­tar TB2 Un­manned Aerial Ve­hi­cle (UAV) sys­tem, which has been used by the Turk­ish Armed Forces (TSK) in the fight against ter­ror­ism, achieved its first ex­port deal yes­ter­day, sign­ing an agree­ment to ex­port six UAVs to Qatar’s armed forces.

The Bayrak­tar TB2 UAV, which has been in oper­a­tion in Turkey since 2015 and re­cently has taken part in Oper­a­tion Euphrates Shield and Oper­a­tion Olive Branch, is also at­tract­ing at­ten­tion abroad.

Un­der the agree­ment, six TB2 armed UAV plat­forms, three ground con­trol sta­tion sys­tems and equip­ment and a UAV train­ing sim­u­la­tor will be de­liv­ered within a year.

Baykar will also set up a UAV oper­a­tion cen­ter and net­work-based data trac­ing and ar­chiv­ing soft­ware for Qatar’s armed forces.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was at­tended by the com­man­ders of Qatar’s armed forces, Turkey’s SSM of­fi­cials and Baykar CEO Haluk Bayrak­tar.

Af­ter de­liv­er­ing the UAVs, Baykar is set to train Qatar armed forces per­son­nel and pro­vide lo­gis­ti­cal and tech­ni­cal sup­port.

“Qatar of­fi­cials looked at tech­nolo­gies from the U.S., Europe and China be­fore they de­cided,” Bayrak­tar told Anadolu Agency (AA).

He added that ex­port­ing cut­ting-edge avi­a­tion tech­nol­ogy is an im­por­tant step for Turkey.

The Bayrak­tar TB2 was de­vel­oped for tac­ti­cal re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance mis­sions and can also carry am­mu­ni­tion and has laser tar­get ac­qui­si­tion. Its sen­sors can op­er­ate at both day and night.

New ar­mored ve­hi­cles were also un- veiled for the first time yes­ter­day at DIMDEX 2018.

Nurol Mak­ina built the ve­hi­cles last year, later sell­ing a num­ber of them to Qatar. Out­fit­ted with ASEL­SAN rocket launch­ers, the ve­hi­cles weigh 8 tons each and are ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing loads of up to 4 tons.

Also at DIMDEX 2018, Nurol Mak­ina signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Qatar’s spe­cial forces to sup­ply its NMS 4X4 ar­mored car.

Piri Reis Univer­sity, a mar­itime in­sti­tu­tion, also signed an agree­ment to es­tab­lish an academy for Qatar’s navy.

The coun­try’s lead­ing de­fense con­trac­tor, ASEL­SAN, signed a tech­nol­ogy trans­fer deal with Qatari mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy firm Barzan Hold­ing on Mon­day.

The part­ner­ship deal, “BARQ” (Ara­bic for “light­ning”) is par­tic­u­larly for pro­duc­ing ASEL­SAN’s sta­bi­lized ad­vanced re­mote weapon sys­tem and elec­tro-op­ti­cal re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance sys­tems. The deal was signed by the di­rec­tors of ASEL­SAN and Barzan Hold­ing on the side­lines of the fair.

Barzan also signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Turkey’s SSM to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion, SSM Un­der­sec­re­tary Demir con­firmed.

A lead­ing Turk­ish au­to­mo­tive com­pany also an­nounced on Tues­day it will sell 85 ar­mored ve­hi­cles to Qatar.

Ethem San­cak, the head of BMC, said the com­pany will pro­duce 50 BMC Kirpi mine-re­sis­tant am­bush pro­tected ve­hi­cles and 35 BMC Ama­zon 4x4 mul­ti­pur­pose ar­mored ve­hi­cles to Qatar, with­out giv­ing any fur­ther de­tails about the time frame.

He said pro­duc­tion will start un­der Tues­day’s ex­port deal signed by BMC and Barzan Hold­ing on the side­lines of the fair.

“Ex­ports are im­por­tant for Turkey. We have pre­vi­ously sold ve­hi­cles to the Turk­men and Tu­nisian armies,” San­cak said.

He added that more in­ter­est is com­ing from sev­eral mil­i­taries around the world.

“In 2019, we plan to ex­port nearly 40 per­cent of what we pro­duce,” San­cak said.

Ac­cord­ing to BMC’s web­site, the com­pany man­u­fac­tures var­i­ous types of ve­hi­cles for the do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Hav­ing pro­duced 300,000 ve­hi­cles since 1966, BMC has con­trib­uted $10 bil­lion to Turkey’s econ­omy. The com­pany ex­ports to more than 80 coun­tries, in­clud­ing EU mem­ber states.

Baykar signed an agree­ment yes­ter­day to ex­port six Bayrak­tar TB2 UAVs to the Qatari armed forces.

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