Representatives from the defense and aerospace industries of Turkey and the U.S. came together in Ankara Monday.
In his address at Turkey-U.S. Aerospace and Defense Industries Meeting, Presidency of the Defense Industry (SSB) Vice Chairman Serdar Demirel pointed to the change that has emerged in relations between Turkey and the U.S.
Calling on the U.S. to “develop together and expand to third countries,” Demirel noted that Turkish and American companies are inextricably connected to each other and are conducting mutual production and design work.
He emphasized that the Turkish defense industry has become one of the top 10 defense industry producers in the world, switching from common design and production to unique design over the last 15 years, saying, “We expect to increase the number of Turkish companies to five among the top 100 defense industry companies in the world. Our relations with the U.S. have reached the point of ‘what we can do together’ as appose to ‘what we can buy from you.'”
Demirel expressed his desire that the cooperation and trade volume between the two countries would increase with the new projects to be put forward in the defense industry.