At IDEF, a Renewed Quest for Turkish Exports

Turkey’s International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) used to be a platform for foreign manufacturers to showcase their weapon systems. The Turks examined them and contracts often followed. But at IDEF 2013, Turkish firms exhibited their indigenous systems, so far with little or no success, to secure foreign deals. At this month’s IDEF, they’ll try again […]


Turkey Looks to Speed Up Trainer Aircraft Initiatives

The crash of three military aircraft in late February and early March have prompted Turkey’s defense procurement officials to accelerate their efforts to choose a conceptual trainer aircraft, a program that should progress in tandem with a plan to build an indigenous Turkish fighter jet. Turkish officials said the twin crashes were a forceful reminder […]


TAI’s Troubled Pride: Anka and Hürkuş

In the last few years, almost every visiting foreign dignitary representing a country potentially a buyer of weapons systems has been taken to TUSAŞ Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) so that its proud war toys could be showcased: A drone and a basic trainer aircraft. Both aircraft (well, their fancy photos) were illustrated on election billboards […]


Pakistani Turkish Defense Ties Continue to Deepen

The Pakistan-Turkey defense industrial relationship continues to deepen with more bilateral projects being promoted and undertaken such as aircraft, ships and tanks. “As a matter of policy, we encourage Turkish industry to broaden their business activity and defense cooperation with Pakistan,” said a senior official with Turkey’s Under Secretariat for Defence Industries. “Not only do […]


TAI Orders Martin-Baker Seats for Hurkus B

Martin-Baker is to supply the crew escape system for the Turkish air force’s Hurkus B turboprop trainers, under a deal signed on the opening day of the Farnborough air show. John Buckler, the UK company’s head of commercial operations, put pen to paper, along with Hurkus developer Turkish Aerospace Industries’ executive vice-president of aircraft Özcan Ertem. […]


Turkish Defense Exports Hit $1.39 Bln in 2013

Turkey’s exports in the defense and aviation industries combined reached $1.39 billion last year, a 10 percent increase from a year ago, according to data released over the weekend. Data coming from the Defense Industry Exporters Union (SSİ) on Saturday showed that Turkey’s defense sales overseas grew from $884 million in 2011 to $1.39 billion […]


Turkey Sees Promise in Libyan Market

Turkey’s procurement officials are hoping to penetrate into the emerging Libyan arms market, especially with aerial platforms Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is developing. “We are hopeful about a powerful entry,” one senior procurement official said. “The Libyans are keen to explore possibilities of cooperation.” Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan visited TAI production facilities on Jan. […]