Turkey’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has taken further steps to boost its domestic technological gains in defence under a technology road map adopted earlier by signing agreements on 26 January with local organisations on several research and development (R&D) projects.
The road map is based on an existing model of co-operation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), industry, and universities. Consequently 11 universities and three institutes from the state-owned Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Board (TUBITAK) have been tasked to act as either main or subcontractors in the R&D agreements signed by the SSM.
Out of a total of 22 R&D projects chosen to be initiated under the road map, 14 were signed on 26 January.
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