Sustaining its Growth, Turaç Continues its Europe Tour with DSEI

10 Eylül 2019
Turaç was the export champion in its product group in 2018, and received an award from Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries.

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


Further expanding its product family in the field of small arms ammunition with each passing day, Turaç is also continuing its expansion in the international market at full pace. In this context, the company is participating for the first time in DSEI 2019, one of the world’s most distinguished events among the defence sector exhibitions, as part of the Turkish national participation.

Planning to stand out with its dynamism and enthusiasm among manufacturers from other countries engaged in the same field, the company aims to both expand its market in the United Kingdom and to identify new business opportunities with customers in Africa and the Far East.

Turaç was the export champion in its product group in 2018, and received an award from Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries.

Turaç was the export champion in its product group in 2018, and received an award from Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries.


Having received the necessary production permits, Turaç has already started producing rifle rounds, consisting of the 5.56×45 mm, 7.62×51 mm and 7.62×39 mm cartridges. The company also produces .223 Remington (Rem.) and .308 Winchester (Win.) cartridges, which are the civilian versions of the 5.56×45 mm and 7.62×51 mm cartridges, respectively. Although principally intended for hunting rifles, these two cartridges can also be fired from infantry and sniper rifles of 5.56×45 and 7.62×51 mm calibre, respectively.

The rifle cartridges produced by Turaç.

The rifle cartridges produced by Turaç.


Having launched production of rifle cartridges after being granted a permit by the Ministry of National Defence (MND), Turaç has since made its first sales to the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), followed by sales to Bulgaria, Kuwait, Tunisia, Oman and Jordan.

Turaç aims to diversify its product family with more rifle cartridges types, including tracer cartridges and armour-piercing rounds. The company plans to start serial production of these cartridges in 2021, once it has completed the necessary prototype production and tests.


Resim1Turaç also produces Parabellum FMJ (Full Metal Jacket), Luger FMJ, Luger JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) and Subsonic FMJ rounds for 9×19 mm handguns. Among these, the Parabellum FMJ is used by the armed forces in their general purpose weapons, while the Luger FMJ is preferred mostly by civilian users owing to its lower muzzle pressure. The Luger JHP, which is effective against soft targets without armour protection, and the Subsonic FMJ, which is preferred for covert operations due to its low noise, are generally used by special forces.



Less-lethal Ammunition

Turaç is also showcasing its less-lethal shells to the participants at DSEI 2019, which are the leading deterrent for law enforcement officers in anti-riot interventions, and which are currently in use in many countries.

Aside from achieving the desired effect on the individual target, less-lethal ammunition is one of the most important elements contributing to the success of law enforcement officers in appeasing riots and breaking up crowds. Turaç always prioritizes quality in this field, as it does for all of the products it manufactures carrying the Sterling brand.

With this awareness, Turaç always choses the right moves, and manages to rank among the elites in all efforts and endeavours that are shaped by innovations and current needs.

Resim2Turaç’s products in this field are optimised for targets at distances of 10–35 meters, and can be fired from .12 calibre shotguns. These products incorporate the following features:

  • Rubber Buckshot: This shell contains rubber shots weighing 0.60 grams. Developed especially for use at close range, this product facilitates rapid interventions with its high dispersion ratio and large impact area.
  • Rubber Two Balls: Optimised for medium distances through a balance between the accuracy and dispersion ratio, this product contains two rubber balls weighing seven grams.
  • Rubber Slug: Firing a single rubber bullet weighing 17.5 grams toward the target, this product stands out with its high accuracy over long distances. The rubber slug has excellent aerodynamic properties with its fins and teardrop shape.


Turaç in 60 Countries

Increasing its production figures with each passing year, Turaç broke its own record in 2018 by manufacturing 190 million cartridges. Pursuing an export-oriented strategy since its foundation, the company has added 12 new user countries to its customer portfolio in 2018, some of which are in Europe. In addition to increasing the number of export countries from 48 to 60, the company’s export figures rose by 50 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, reaching $15 million.




Turaç was the export champion in its product group in 2018, and received an award from Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, President of Defence Industries of Turkey

For 2019, the company has set itself an export target of $18 million.

Turaç’s current European customer portfolio consists of 18 countries, including Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ukraine.

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Speaking about the company’s participation at DSEI 2019, Fatih Altunbaş, General Manager of Turaç, said: “Turaç has a significant presence in the European market with regards to handgun cartridges and shotgun shells. Moreover, we have also managed to produce rifle cartridges and made them for European users last year. This encouraged us in our decision to participate for the first time at DSEI, which is considered to be one of the world’s most important defence exhibitions. Taking justified pride in being a constant supplier to TAF and the Turkish National Police, which are known worldwide for their very strict demands when it comes to ammunition, Turaç is aware of its responsibility and will duly play its part at DSEI 2019.”

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