An Assessment by Murad Bayar on Turkish - German Defence Industry Cooperation

Issue 42


Germany and Turkey are bound by exceptionally close ties stretching back centuries. Today, these close political, cultural and economic exchanges shape the countries relations. Turkish-German security and defence industrial cooperation dates back to the Ottoman era. After the Second World War, Turkey’s membership to the NATO enabled a multilateral framework for bilateral cooperation between our two nations in security and defence area. However, our efforts to strengthen Turkish defence industries have gained a momentum starting with early 80s. The creation of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) in 1985 is a turning point both for the development of Turkish defence industry and for the increase of our bilateral defence industrial cooperation activities mainly with western countries including Germany.