The Turkish government has appointed an aviation expert as new chief official for defense procurement, according to a government decree.

Ismail Demir is taking over from Murad Bayar as head of the powerful Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). Bayar had been removed from office March 28 and appointed as chief adviser to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Before being appointed as the new undersecretary for procurement, Demir was the general manager of THY Teknik, the maintenance subsidiary of Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines. […]