Agenda in Mind, Turkish Delegation Attends the Farnborough Air show

Issue 55 - September 2014

Prof. İsmail Demir, head of the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) and Latif Aral Aliş, The Chairman of Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters Association of Turkey, attended the Farnborough International Air show held in London between the dates of 14 and 20 July 2014, accompanied by a delegation from Turkey.  This was their first official visit to Farnborough for both Prof.Demir and Mr.Aliş.  During their two-day visit, the undersecretary and his contingent met with international aviation and defence firms concerning such topics as the Turkish F-X program, jet engine procurement, the Turkish long-range air and missile defence program and the utility helicopter program.

As part of his Farmborough schedule, undersecretary prof.Demir visited BAE Systems’ hospitality chalet and received information from the company representatives and test pilots on BAE Systems’ simulation technologies, its Q-Sight helmet-mounted displays and the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft, which the BAE Systems is proposing for use in the Turkish T-X program. Prof.Demir also boarded the company’s Hawk trainer aircraft on display and experienced the inside of its cockpit firsthand.