Turkey attaches great importance to defence and aerospace and advances and rows in quick and determined steps combining quality products and global partnerships, says Latif Aral Alis, chairman of the SSI – Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association of Turkey and the Turkish Defence Alliance (TDA). This momentum started in the early 2000s, as the sector be an to concentrate more on research and development investments and production at home in place of import policy implemented up to that time. Today, Turkey designs and produces its own training aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, battleships, armoured land vehicles, helicopters, missile systems, infantry rifles, communication and simulation systems and satellites. It also plays an active role in major international projects, he emphasised.
The Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association, founded in 2011, unites the exporting companies in the defence and aerospace sectors under a single roof and focuses on export-oriented production, investment in research and development, and makes ‘know-how’ its main export item.
The association also focuses on promotional activities and has established the TDA, which is a separate but complementary body and carries out activities to promote the Turkish defence and aerospace industry at every possible platform all over the world.
Between 2008 and 2014, exports more than doubled to $1.4 billion, but the SSI aims for $23 billion in exports by 2023.
“This is not a dream,” says Aral Alis, “this is a promise made to Turkey by a sector that believes in itself.”
SSI/TDA can be visited at Stand AP010 in Hall A.