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SSM - Breaking down Barriers, Building National Strength in Technology & Export Infrastructures, Promoting Side Sectors, Utilizing Expertise for the Future & Independence of Turkey

In an exclusive interview, Prof. İsmail Demir, Undersecretary for Defense Industries SSM provides insight into activities focused on encouraging new enterprises, channeling them according to integration and requirements, seeking possibilities for foreign capital and technology contribution, guiding enterprises and making plans for state participation; re-organizing and integrating existing national industry to satisfy defense industry requirements

Issue 74

Defence Turkey: Dear Mr. Undersecretary, first of all we would like to thank you for your time.  The Defense Industry Strategy Report for 2017 – 2021 was recently published by the SSM.  What strategies  will stand out during the next quinquennium such as R&D, what are the priority areas?

According to the published strategy report, we have concentrated on areas such as the broadening of the industry and the eco-system, execution of exports and sustainability and logistical support in line with certain programs. We have to focus on advanced technology and gaining technological independence. The breakdown of our systems is important for us, enhancing the local content rate and diminishing foreign dependency in critical technologies will be regarded as one of our objectives.