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Turkey’s growing military industry contributes   Defence exports record buoyant start in 2019,
                  to economy, military power                     soar 64.4 pct
                  “Also, if a country’s defence capabilities are   As well as providing for the needs of the Turkish
                  not derived from its own resources, you cannot   military and aiming  to expand  footholds in  the
                  maintain national security  to  the  full extent,”   overseas markets to ensure sustainable growth,
                  National Defence Minister Akar said.           the Turkish defence industry has made a productive
                                                                 start in 2019 with January export figures.
                  In recent  years,  Turkey  took a noticeable leap
                  forward with innovative engineering moves in the   As a result of  the development of  the  Turkish
                  defence industry and domestically-developed    defence  and  aerospace  industry,  the  platforms,
                  military equipment and combat vehicles in almost   systems and products are in demand around the
                  all  fields of  warfare, most notably  the  Altay   world.
                  Main Battle Tank, the ATAK T-129 Tactical Attack
                  and  Reconnaissance  Helicopter  and  the  ANKA   The sectoral actors, striving to expand their trade
 Hulusi AKAR      unmanned aerial vehicle as well as other air and   volume with the existing markets, are also aiming
                                                                 to add new destinations.  As a result of  these
                  land platforms developed by  Turkey’s leading
 Minister of National Defence  private defence companies, primarily  the  TB2   efforts,  the  value of defence exports has seen
                  Bayraktar developed and manufactured by Baykar   gradual increases.
                                                                 According to  the  data  of the  Turkish  Exporters
                  Pointing out  that some  Turkish companies have   Assembly, defence exports  were recorded at
                  entered top 100 defence industry firms worldwide,   $2.03  billion  last  year  and  maintained  the  rising
                  Akar said  Turkey’s own sufficiency rates have   trend in the first month of this year. The exports
                  almost reached 70 percent; while Turkish defence   of  the industry rose  to $175 million in  January,
                  and aviation industry exports have surpassed $2   registering a 64.4 percent rise compared to the
                  billion last year.                             same period of last year when the sector’s sales
                                                                 to overseas markets totaled $106.5 million.
                  According  to  Turkish Exporters  Assembly (TİM)
                  data,  the export performance of  the sector in   Following  the shipping and  yacht industry and
                  2018 increased by 17 percent compared to 2017.   the jewelry sector, seeing 116.2 percent and 93.8
                  The industry broke its own record of $1.7 billion   percent increases respectively,  the defence
                  in November and moved the record up to $2.03   industry came  third in  the list of sectors  that
                  billion by  the end of  the  year.  The defence and   registered the highest rise in exports last month.
                  aerospace industry,  whose export performance   The 12-month defence exports reached $2.1 billion.
                  has been hovering between $1.5 billion and $2
                  billion, exceeded the threshold of $2 billion for the   The  U.S.  was the top  destination  for  Turkish
                  first time.                                    defence exports, and  the sector’s sales  to  the
                                                                 country soared by 41 percent, reaching $64.2
                  In addition to increased exports, the sector has   million. The U.S. was followed by Oman with $49.4
                  also significantly diversified the markets to which   million and Germany came  third in  the list  with
                  it exports.  Ankara recently inked noteworthy   $18.4 million. Defence exports to Germany rose
                  defence deals  with  various countries including   by 25 percent in January.
                  Pakistan and Ukraine. In May 2017,  Turkish and
                  Pakistani defence companies struck a deal      Turkey also exported defence products  to  the
                  for  the construction of  four  Turkish  Ada class   countries  that  were not on  the list in  January
                  MİLGEM (National Ship) corvettes. The project, a   2018.  These countries include Guatemala, India,
                  first between Pakistan and Turkey in terms of the   Guiana, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago.
                  construction of military vessels, stands out as an
                  exemplary and original cooperation in the field of
                  defence and shipbuilding. Also, last month, Turkey
                  and Ukraine signed an agreement on the purchase
                  of  12  Turkish  Bayraktar  Tactical  Block  2  (TB2)
                  unmanned aerial vehicles for the Ukrainian army.

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