SSM: It is High Time on the Stage with Indigenous Products

Prof. İsmail Demir, Undersecretary for Defence Industries enlightened us about the latest status of Turkish Defence and Aerospace programmes, strategic approach on future plans, credit mechanism, export targets, mergers and acquisitions, reverse brain drain and other topics in Turkey’s agenda for our readers

Date: Issue 60 - May 2015

Defence Turkey: Dear Undersecretary, first of all thank you very much for this interview. We have seen that 2014 was a successful year for the Turkish Defence Industry. What are your views and comments for year 2014 as the Undersecretariat?

We could comprehend that year 2014 is the sequence of the acceleration we reached. In order to increase this acceleration, several concepts are needed to be established. One of the most important things that we will concentrate on is the contract for tank power-pack group, because we should achieve the required competence in certain subsystems. The project regarding the development of engines for various platforms, primarily for the tanks the contract of which was signed with Tümosan, is a significant milestone and needs efforts. We should identify such milestones right now and further develop our platforms both in terms of indigenousness and competence.