GIANTS OF THE DEFENSE INDUSTRY ARE AT THE SAHA EXPO
TR MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY
In his visit to Minister Varank, who visited the stands of many companies producing in different fields in the defense industry and received information from the authorities about the products; Hasan Büyükdede, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, President of TÜBİTAK Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, Turkish Space Agency President Serdar Hüseyin Yıldırım and SAHA Istanbul Chairman of the Board and Baykar General Manager Haluk Bayraktar.
TURKEY'S LARGEST DEFENSE, AVIATION AND SPACE CLUSTER
In a statement he made during his visit, Varank stated that SAHA Istanbul is Turkey's largest defense, aviation and space cluster and said, "Here, Turkish and foreign companies operating in the defense and aerospace sector exhibit the products they have recently developed and the capabilities they have developed in technology. A really nice fair, where especially inter-firm relations and commercial partnerships are discussed, continues." he said.
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
Noting that there are more small and medium-sized enterprises at the fair this year, Varank said, "It is something we, as the Ministry of Industry and Technology, want them to come to the fore in the sector. The more private sector companies, the more small and medium-sized companies. If he deals with these matters, if he becomes a supplier to the big ones and develops his own technologies, we will see that the industry in Turkey is developing so fast." said.
INTEREST FROM FOREIGN COMPANIES
Emphasizing the interest of foreign companies, Varank said, "There is a lot of work we can do together in the defense industry, especially in the international arena. There are aviation companies and engine companies from Ukraine here. We have projects that we will carry out with them in the coming period. Therefore, SAHA EXPO is the defense, aviation and space industry in Turkey. It will move forward to become a serious brand in its field, develop the sector and attract international companies and individuals to Turkey in this sense." made its assessment.
Emphasizing that they are making a great effort to build a self-sufficient defense industry in Turkey, Varank said, "It is not possible to talk about 100 percent locality in every field, but it is very important to get rid of foreign dependency, especially in critical parts and components. In this sense, Turkey is also in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles. "It has become one of the most important players in the world. We wouldn't be wrong if we say that it is the player that attracts the most attention and is the most discussed. Of course, Turkey also has needs for manned planes and helicopters in terms of defense." he said.
FIFTH GENERATION FIGHTING AIRCRAFT
“In this sense, there are projects that he is continuing in the coming period in terms of self-sufficiency,” said Varank, “ATAK is currently serving our army, its new version ATAK-2 is coming. Gokbey, our general purpose helicopter, will hopefully be put into use in the near future. In this sense, Turkey is also making a great effort to develop a fifth generation warplane of its own. At the moment, the production of parts has started, but we should not miss this, the world is now going to unmanned systems.” used the phrases.
Noting that the fifth generation warplanes may be the last manned warplanes, Varank said, "We will gradually leave the era of manned aircraft behind, especially with technologies such as unmanned combat drones. We need to invest in every field at the right time. In unmanned aerial vehicles, we will train this train. We caught up and became a pioneer in the world. We are a little behind in manned systems, but I hope we will be able to meet our needs there, too. Our main goal is to be the most important player in the world in unmanned systems. Currently, we are doing very successful things with Baykar and TAI. Unmanned autonomous vehicles are not only in the air but also in land systems. It's on the agenda right now. I hope Turkey is on its way to becoming the most important player in the world in autonomous technologies." said.
Minister Varank said, "We can say that Turkey is self-sufficient in terms of both increasing the domestic rate in the defense industry and meeting its own needs in critical technologies. Behind the successes Turkey has achieved in the fight against terrorism, there are actually these achievements we have achieved in the defense industry." used the phrases.