As the Turkish defence sector, we continue in our efforts to increase our exports to friendly and allied nations in many regions of the world by enhancing our cooperation with them. Accordingly, we are concentrating our efforts on promoting the capabilities of the Turkish defence sector at international fairs, and on improving our cooperation with allied countries.
Our defence sector has witnessed continuous growth since the 2000s. The most significant indicators of the ground covered by the Turkish defence sector so far are its turnover, which today has exceeded $10 billion, marking a 10-fold increase; its project budget of $60 billion, marking an 11-fold increase; its exports valued in excess of $3 billion, marking a greater than 12-fold increase; the fact that there are five Turkish companies ranking in the list of the top 100 global defence companies; and most importantly, the numerous indigenous products that have already entered the inventory of the Turkish security forces.
Throughout this journey, our universities, research institutions, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), and other subsidiary industries and sectors have all contributed to the efforts to create a strong defence sector. The progress achieved to date is evidenced by the many platforms, systems and capabilities developed by Turkish companies that are generating demand also in foreign markets.
The Eurosatory Land and Airland Defence and Security Exhibition has always been an important event for the promotion of our capabilities. Although this year’s event has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the exhibition is set to return in 2022, when it will once again serve as a highly important platform bringing together the global defence sector and its representatives.
I wish the best of success to all the companies that will participate in the Eurosatory Land and Airland Defence and Security Exhibition in 2022.
Ismail DEMİR Ph. D.
Presidency of the Republic of Turkey President of Defence Industries
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