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Organizing National Participation in International Defence Industry Exhibitions

Insight from Latif Aral Aliş, Chairman of SSI-Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters Association of Turkey; International Cooperation is Crucial

Issue 64

The defence and aerospace industry contains both military and civil components within its structure. Although it seems to appear as an intergovernmental sector, civil companies are amongst its customers as well. Participation from all segments of the sector in an area having such dynamics is of vital importance for us. We, as Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI), are increasing our sectoral efficiency day by day. In this sense, the participation of companies operating in civil aviation, security and maintenance and repair, within our association, will surely strengthen our existence.

The defence industry has an integrated structure. A single product is produced through a supply chain composed of many companies and thousands of sub-products. At the same time, the defence industry is also a wide logistical network that covers the stages from design to production, from SMEs to lobbies. And presently, this network covers the whole world. Within this context, international cooperation is crucial for our defence sector. Moreover, it is indispensable for the defence sector.