Turkish defense firms looking to expand their export markets in Asia are poised to participate in the Defense Services Asia (DSA) Exhibition and Conference scheduled to take place in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, April 16-19.
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), showcases its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ANKA, advanced attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter T129 ATAK and the new generation basic trainer HÜRKUŞ, as well as national jet fighter TF-X, at the fair. The company is expected to establish strong cooperation in Malaysia by particularly featuring ANKA. The defense exports champion of Turkey, TAI most recently participated in the Singapore Airshow held from Feb. 6 to Feb. 11 to showcase the products of the Turkish defense industry as part of intensive contact with Asian countries to export its air platforms. TAI has been carrying out export-oriented shuttle diplomacy with the countries in the region. TAI officials previously stated that significant progress was made in terms of ANKA negotiations with Malaysia.
After defense fairs in London, Bahrain, Bangkok and Kuwait, Turkish defense giant Katmerciler is scheduled to display a variety of products at the 16th DSA in Kuala Lumpur. The company attracts attention with its defense and security products, all of which are designed and developed in its own research and development (R&D) center.Katmerciler plans to seize the opportunity to introduce its wide-range product portfolio to military delegations from various countries, including Malaysia, industry professionals and company representatives, ranging from wheeled armored vehicles to remote unmanned land vehicles and armored work machines. Katmerciler’s 4×4 Tactical Wheeled Vehicles category includes Hızır, Khan and Armored Ambulance, while its Special Products category includes the remote-controlled weapon platform (UKAP), TOMA, Nefer and protection shield.
Otokar, a Koç Group company, continues to strengthen its position in the defense industry. The company showcases the Cobra II armored personnel carrier which stands out with its high level of protection, spacious interior and superior mobility during the event. Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said the products are the intellectual property of Otokar, a company that has been allocating 4 percent of its turnover for research and development activities for the last 10 years, in service in more than 30 countries on 5 continents.
“With similar collaborations with different users and countries, we aim to represent the Turkish defense industry in the best way possible to the world. We consider the DSA Fair as an important instrument in reaching this goal and strengthening our presence in the region,” Görgüç continued, informing that Otokar vehicles are already serving successfully in the Asia-Pacific region.