Turkish Presence at Eurosatory Reveals the Sector’s Increased Export Potential

19 Eylül 2018
Eurosatory 2018

The special coverage published in the 58th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review (TDR) is below:

Eurosatory, the world’s leading land systems exhibition, was held in Paris on June 1015, and Turkey was represented at the exhibition at a national level with the participation organised jointly by the Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM) and the Defence and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association (SSI). A significant increase in the number of platforms displayed or debuted by the participating Turkish companies compared to the previous event was noted.

Eurosatory 2018

This year’s exhibition was attended by 1,802 companies from 63 countries, with 57,056 people from 153 countries visiting the exhibition, along with 696 members of the press following exhibition-related activities. A total of 227 official delegations from 94 countries and four international organisations visited the exhibition, at which 39 countries were represented in the form of national participation. A total of 71 conferences were held, and numerous live demos were made. These figures mirror almost exactly those from the previous Eurosatory, held in 2016.

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The Turkish presence on the other hand included 44 institutions and organisations – as part of the national participation organised jointly by the SSM and SSI – while 14 Turkish companies participated individually. Among the participating countries, Turkey ranked third in terms of stand area with a combined 4,500 square metre total stand area, and fifth in terms of the number of stands, with a total number of 58 stands opened by Turkish participants. Showing an almost three-fold increase on the previous exhibition in 2016, at which some 20 Turkish companies participated, these figures made history as a significant development.

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The Turkish companies also outrivalled their competitors in terms of the number of land vehicles on display. In a press release issued by the exhibition organisers on May 29, it was stated that some 250 land vehicles would be on display during the exhibition. The Turkish companies, namely BMC, Çukurova Defence, FNSS, Katmerciler, Nurol Makina and Otokar, as well as Al-Jasoor, Otokar’s joint venture in the United Arab Emirates, participated at the event with a total of 24 wheeled or tracked vehicles and two unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). Turkish companies also attracted attention for the number of vehicles they debuted at the exhibition. The platforms unveiled by these companies at Eurosatory were:

  • BMC: A version of the VURAN 4×4 armoured vehicle, equipped with a 120 mm mortar gun,
  • Çukurova Defence: Fast Armoured Backhoe Loader,
  • Çukurova Defence: Multi-Purpose Platform,
  • FNSS: PARS 4×4 ATV,
  • Katmerciler: The armoured midibus developed for the KIRAÇ project,
  • Katmerciler: Centaur 6×6 UGV, and
  • Otokar: TULPAR Light Tank.

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Furthermore, two Turkish companies, namely FNSS and Menatek, held launch events during the exhibition. While FNSS organised a launch ceremony on day one of the event to introduce its PARS 4×4 ATV, Menatek held an event on the third day of the event to introduce its newly developed NAZ bearing and MeVu periscope. Meanwhile, Makel Technology signed a cooperation agreement with the British MDH Defence company during the exhibition.

 

 

The most senior members of the Turkish delegation visiting the event were General Abdullah Recep, Commander of the Aegean Army (above); andProf. Dr. Faruk Yiğit, Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries, and Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense (below).

The most senior members of the Turkish delegation visiting the event were General Abdullah Recep, Commander of the Aegean Army (above); andProf. Dr. Faruk Yiğit, Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries, and Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense (below).

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Turkish companies, supported by the SSM, held many meetings during the exhibition.

Turkish companies, supported by the SSM, held many meetings during the exhibition.

 

The most senior members of the Turkish delegation visiting the event were General Abdullah Recep, Commander of the Aegean Army; Prof. Dr. Faruk Yiğit, Deputy Undersecretary for Defence Industries; and Yunus Emre Karaosmanoğlu, Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of National Defense.

MSI TDR also played a role in the promotion of the Turkish defence and aerospace sector in Europe with its special issue published in English.

In the following pages we have compiled for you the most notable news stories from Eurosatory concerning Turkish companies, as well as foreign companies with close relations with Turkey.

In addition to the members of Turkish sectoral media, the following Turkish institutions and organisations were also present at the event:

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