The 15th Arms & Security’18 exhibition was held this year on October 9–12 in Kiev, Ukraine, attracting company participation from 12 countries other than Ukraine and Turkey. Taking part in the exhibition with more than 50 institutions and organizations under its umbrella, Ukraine’s public defence agency, Ukroboronprom, drew attention with the many agreements it inked at the event. The agency and its affiliated enterprises signed three different contracts with various parties during the exhibition, including ASELSAN.
At the exhibition, alongside the 346 Ukrainian companies that were showcasing their capabilities, the Turkish participation included ASELSAN, AYESAŞ and VESTEL Defence. Furthermore, the Canik brand of handguns developed by Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) and the small arms made by the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK) were displayed at the stands of the two companies’ representatives in Ukraine. Poland had the second highest representation at the event after Ukraine, with companies from the United States, Germany, Austria, the United Arab Emirates, Czechia, China, Denmark, Croatia, Italy, Latvia and the Republic of Kazakhstan also in attendance.
The exhibition was organised under two main categories, namely the Military Weapons and Equipment section and the Civilian Equipment section. The first of these sections showcased many kinds of main combat platforms, weapons and equipment intended to satisfy the needs of land, air and naval forces, while the civilian section mainly featured sporting and historical weapons, bladed weapons and outdoor equipment.
Welcoming 13,000 visitors in 2015, 18,000 in 2016 and 19,000 in 2017, the exhibition followed this rising trend this year by welcoming nearly 24,000 visitors through its doors. Leading the Turkish delegation at the exhibition was Brig. Gen. İsmail Amanvermez, Deputy Director General of Military Factories at the Ministry of National Defence.
The event’s representation in Turkey was arranged by Medyacity, which is the organiser of such events as Eurasia Airshow, Global SatShow and High-Tech Port by MÜSİAD.
Held with the support of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Defence and the Security Service, the event also featured various seminars related to the sector.
SpetsTechnoExport to Manufacture ASELSAN Systems
The exhibition saw the signing of various cooperation agreements by Ukroboronprom and its subsidiaries with parties from Czechia, Moldova and Turkey. An agreement between Ukroboronprom and the Czech company Excalibur was signed on the first day of the exhibition covering the joint development, production and marketing of armoured vehicles. In another agreement, Promoboromexport, a foreign trade enterprise affiliated with Ukroboronprom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Moldovan Ministry of Defence concerning the repair and modernisation of military platforms.
The contract that directly involved Turkey was the one signed between ASELSAN and SpetsTechnoExport (STE), another foreign trade enterprise affiliated with Ukroboronprom, on the first day of the event. Inked by Prof. Dr. Haluk Görgün, Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO of ASELSAN, and Vladislav Belbas, Deputy Director of STE, the contract foresees the joint production in Ukraine of ASELSAN-made military radios and intercommunication systems through a technology transfer deal. A statement released by STE concerning the signing underlined that the contract effectively gave the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence access to state-of-the-art communication devices, and reminded of the contract signed previously between ASELSAN and STE in December 2016. Deliveries in this contract, covering the sale of UHF radios to meet a need of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, are continuing.
In the following pages we have compiled for our readers the main news from Arms & Security’18 concerning Turkish companies, as well as foreign companies with close relations with Turkey.