Turkish defence industry experiencing “brain drain”, politician claims

07 January 2019

Turkey’s deteriorated economic situation has led defence engineers to move abroad to countries such as the Netherlands, a politician has submitted to the Turkish parliament.

Ilhami Ozcan Aygun, a deputy from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), made the claim in a motion submitted to parliament on 3 January.

About 100 engineers from companies such as military electronics company Aselsan, the Defence and Research Institute (SAGE), and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have moved in the past year period to the Netherlands to take up jobs with defence and technology firms, he claimed.

“[The] economic crisis in Turkey has accelerated the brain drain,” he noted, adding that the migration of engineers has “jeopardised” technological efforts in the defence industry.

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