Defence & Security News - Turkey
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:00 AM|
|Defense Export of Turkey up to 10% for 2013 with a total amount of $1.4 billion.|
Turkey’s defense exports totaled $1.4 billion in 2013, marking a 10 percent rise from the previous year, Turkey’s Defense and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI) has said. “While the country’s overall exports saw a stagnant year in 2013, defense and aerospace exports witnessed remarkable progress,” SSI head Latif Aral Alis was quoted as saying in a statement released by the association, January 13, 2014.
Turkish-made UAV Anka Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Alis recalled that Turkey’s defense exports had seen a 43 percent increase from 2008 to 2012, during which time one-third of total production was exported. He said the sector’s 2014 objective was to reach $2 billion, with a 44 percent rise.
The momentum in 2013 was mainly achieved by the local defense manufacturer Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), which undertook $537 million of overall exports.
The TAI is the maker of Turkish attack helicopter ATAK, indigenous trainer aircraft Hürkus, and the country’s first indigenously built UAV Anka, and its exports constitute 40 percent of overall exports, Alis stressed, dubbing the TAI a “source of pride” for Turkey.
He also noted that the United States, the world’s top defense industry manufacturer, topped the list of countries buying Turkish defense programs.
According to the ranking provided by Alis, the Turkish defense sector’s top export markets are North America, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the European Union, the Caspian region, Gulf countries and Southeast Asia, respectively.
With the plane and helicopter sectors at the top, the exports included plane engines, armored land vehicles, sips and speed boats, missiles, rockets, launching platforms, light weapons and electronic systems including transmitters, command and control systems, simulators, sensors and practical software.
Turkish-made T-129 ATACK combat helicopter