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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.”

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