Samsun Yurt Savunma (SYS) General Manager C. Utku Aral commented on the export data of the Turkish defence and aerospace industry. Aral’s views on the subject were included in the press release published by SYS on 19 May. Aral stated that the changing balances during the pandemic have turned in favour of the Turkish defence and aviation industry as of 2021. Stating that sales have increased both in the public and civilian sector, Aral said, “As of 2021, the authorities of the countries accepted that the delays in the contracts were not sustainable and started to receive their systems. I believe that they will increase their defence industry purchases in the upcoming period. The increase in civilian demand also continues.” he added.
According to the data of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), the exports of the Turkish defence and aerospace industry decreased by 16.9 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year and amounted to 2 billion 279 million dollars. In 2021, the exports of the industry started to increase and in the first 4 months of 2021, it increased by 47.7 percent compared to the same period of 2020 and amounted to 949 million 744 thousand dollars.
The Industry Passed a Major Test in 2020
Stating that the Turkish defence and aerospace industry will boom even more in the upcoming period, Aral continued his words as follows: “Turkey has gone through very important processes. The war in Azerbaijan, the struggle in the Eastern Mediterranean, the war in Libya demonstrated the world how effective Turkey is as a defence industry producer. This will increase the demand for Turkey’s defence industry products in the upcoming period. Certainly, this will take time, but we were able to make our presence felt. Our aerial, land, and surface defence systems, unmanned vehicles, ammunition, and rocket-missile systems proved their success in the best way possible. The demand for defence industry products from Turkey will increase in the upcoming period. The important thing here is to export qualified products. Even the slightest hint of dissatisfaction to be experienced on the other party will bring the interest in the entire defence industry of Turkey to a standstill.”