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

Tarih: Issue 42 - May 2013


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.