Turkey is a Priority Market for the UK with Vital Strategic Importance and a Flourishing Defence and Security Industry

Issue 83

UK companies, whether they are small, medium or large, have world-leading capabilities and innovations that are delivering our customers’ requirements in both domestic and international markets.

 Partnership with the UK offers unique advantages, with Team UK – launched at DSEI 2017 – bringing industry and Government together with academia to provide our international partners with the highest quality and comprehensive defence capabilities, while the UK Defence Solutions Centre is now well established and delivering real results.

 In April we hosted our first UK Pavilion at Eurasia Air Show 2018 in Antalya, Turkey, showcasing UK expertise in the defence and aerospace sectors. The range of UK companies participating demonstrates the value that UK industry places on the Turkish defence market and we hope to have a strengthened relationship with Turkey in the future.

 Turkey is a priority market for the UK; in the highly challenging global security context, the UK recognises Turkey’s vital strategic importance, and also the emphasis that is being placed on doing business with the Turkish defence and security industries. Given the rising national defence budget, and its 30 per cent increase on last year, Turkey’s increasing emphasis on exporting to third nations, and the potential opportunities that exist for partnership, many UK firms see the Turkish market as an attractive prospect. 

 Defence aviation is a particular strength of Turkish industry, and this is warmly welcomed by the UK. The TFX programme undertaken by BAE Systems and Turkish Aerospace Industries is an ideal example of the cutting-edge technology that can be developed through international collaboration. Additionally, F-35 Production Industrial Participation opportunities for Turkish companies are expected to reach in excess of $12 billion. Such strong engagement in this globally important programme is excellent news for the future of the Turkish industry. 

The quality of the skilled Turkish engineers and technicians, alongside the incentive schemes that encourage further in-country research and development, demonstrates the nation’s increasing stature as an increasingly valued partner for knowledge-share and genuine technology transfer. These kinds of activities demonstrate real opportunities for potential long-term collaboration and international partnership.


 Paul Everitt, 

ADS Chief Executive