Turkish delegation paid a visit to the Southeast Asian country and signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation at a ceremony held at Villamor Air Base. Defense Industries President İsmail Demir and Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana attended the signing ceremony.
The memorandum of understanding has paved the way for broadening defense cooperation and the trade of military platforms between Turkey and the Philippines. The agreement will also facilitate the export of the ATAK helicopter to the country.
Last week, Filipino Defense Secretary Lorenzana announced that the Philippine Air Force has chosen the ATAK T129, adding that their budget could afford eight to 10 units.
Following the ceremony, Defense Industries President Demir stressed that the memorandum of understanding has provided a platform for the sales of Turkey’s defense platforms to the Philippines as well as bilateral technical cooperation.
“Now we are devising a number of projects in the Turkish defense industry. So far, we have sold the Philippines ammunition, night vision goggles and the sales still continue. But, the export of larger military platforms like the ATAK helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicles and national warship MİLGEM,” Demir said.