TURKEY’S DEFENSE INDUSTRY PROFILE ON THE RISE: DEMIR
Turkey’s stature and profile in the global defense industry is rising each day, Ismail Demir, the head of Turkey’s Defense Industries Presidency, said on September 10.
Attending the four-day Defense and Security Equipment International fair (DSEI) in London on September 10, Demir said the event is one of the biggest global defense industry showcases.
“We would like to showcase our defense industry and show our abilities and underline that we’re here in the global defense industry system,” he said. “As a country, Turkey is getting more and more attention.”
Demir underlined that the defense industry has generally been dominated by a handful of countries, with other countries not seen as exporters. But Turkey can change that.
“Turkey should clearly show the point it reached on its own and provide its products in the field,” he said.
Demir said Turkey has been getting good feedback from all countries and is talking with counterparts, comparing their abilities, activities, and needs with an eye towards possible joint projects.
“It pleases us that other countries treat Turkey as a partner and a country which has reached a significant level of technology in defense industry production.”
Great potential with the UK
Underlining the great potential for cooperation with the UK, Demir said Turkey recently signed an engineering support deal with a British firm for its National Fighter Jet Project.
Demir said Rolls-Royce also made an offer to provide the engine for the Project.
“This has been negotiated in different phases. We could hold talks here [in London] again,” he said. “We also know that last year Britain revealed a project called Tempest. They’re discussing this future fighter jet concept.”