DSEI 2019 Message of Latif Aral ALİŞ, Chairman of the Board of Directors:

10 Eylül 2019

You can read the message published in the DSEI’19 Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:


Offering the Best Solutions through Innovative and Customized Designs


The wide range of products and services offered by Turkish companies are seeing significant demand worldwide, and include aircraft and helicopter components; aircraft engines; armoured land vehicles; ships and patrol boats; missiles, rockets and launch platforms; small arms and ammunition; radios and command & control systems; simulators; digital systems, such as sensors and application software; logistic support products, such as field kitchens, field hospitals, clothing and uniforms; and services that include engineering and technology transfer, and modernisation and modification.

The products and services of the Turkish defence and aerospace sector are used by security and armed forces across a wide geographical range, from the United States to the European Union, the Middle East to Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States to the Far East, at the service of global security. Organised under the umbrella of the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI), our sector pioneers technologies through its qualified human resources, research institutes, R&D laboratories, SMEs and world-leading companies. Today, we see a country in Turkey that produces its own satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, trainer aircraft, helicopters, infantry rifles, warships, armoured land vehicles, missile and rocket systems; that develops its own simulation and software solutions; that participates as a partner in international projects such as F-35 and A400M; that builds satellite production and testing centres; that constructs satellite launch bases; and that carries out its own projects for indigenous fighter jets and helicopters.

Turkey has been making one significant achievement after another in recent years, and is standing out as one of the countries with the fastest developing defence and aerospace sectors in the world. While the defence and aerospace sector in Turkey was confined to a very narrow area of activity 15 years ago, it has today expanded into a broad range of different operations. Under the leadership of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), Turkish defence companies are engaged in a wide range of projects, and are today rolling out products that compete in the global market against their rivals. Owing to their experience and quality, they are also assuming key roles in major international projects.

Today, five Turkish companies rank among the top 100 defence companies in the world, and our goal is to raise this number to 10. And R&D is key to achieving this. Companies operating in Turkey’s leading techno-parks and the deeply-rooted companies in the sector are working together, and are combining their experience and technical infrastructure to attain breakthroughs in R&D. They continue to develop products and services that both appeal to and guide the international markets.

We are fully confident that the Turkish defence and aerospace sector is able to come up with the best solutions thanks to its innovative and bespoke designs.


Latif Aral ALİŞ

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association

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