Resolute Commitment with a Common Purpose - Promoting Turkey’s National Interest with Long Term and Strategic Defense Industry Plans

In this exclusive interview, Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Industries Mr. Serdar Demirel shares in depth insight into the impressive and growing list of Defense Industry products coming out of Turkey.

Date: Issue 73 - April 2017

Defence Turkey: Mr. Serdar Demirel first of all we would like to thank you for your time.  There have been some changes in the responsibilities and organizational structure of the Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Industries in the recent period. Within this context, could you please inform us on the new structure?

Due to the accelerated work pace and increased responsibilities of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries within the previous year, making several changes became inevitable. The fifth Deputy Undersecretary was appointed last summer in order to balance the workload between the Deputy Undersecretaries. Within this context, the Land Platforms Department and Department of Helicopters, where I was assigned previously as a Deputy Undersecretary separated and Deputy Undersecretariat incorporate in the Department of Unmanned and Smart Systems and Department of Logistics. In this way, our Deputy Undersecretariat now collaborates mostly with the Air and Naval Forces and Coast Guard Commands and the Departments of Land Platforms and Helicopters which used to generally cooperate with the Land Forces and Gendarmerie General Command are now under the auspices of another Deputy Undersecretariat.