UK SMEs Stand by Turkish Industries and Users

26 Temmuz 2019
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The news article that is in the first section of IDEF’19 Special Dossier published in the 70th issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review is now available on our website:


A total of 15 UK companies participated in the exhibition with stands in the UK pavilion under the leadership of the Department for International Trade Defence & Security Organisation (DIT DSO), although many other UK companies participated in the exhibition, either independently or with their Turkish partners.

A special activity was carried out jointly by DIT DSO and MSI TDR for the promotion of nine UK Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) involved in various fields at IDEF, namely ALA, Chemring Technology Solutions, Cinch Connectivity Solutions, David Brown Santasalo, Instro Precision Limited, Stirling Dynamics, TMD, Ultra Electronics and WFEL. Within the context of this activity, articles promoting those nine companies were published in three different special issues of MSI TDR prepared in Turkish for IDEF.

During a press conference held on the first day of the exhibition, DIT DSO officials briefed members of the press about the approach of the UK government to the Turkish defence and aerospace sector, highlighting opportunities for cooperation between the companies of the two countries.


Speaking at the conference, Mark Goldsack, Director at DIT DSO, said that the UK considers Turkey to be a strong partner in the field of defence and aerospace, emphasising that they support business models based on a win-win approach that benefits the companies of both countries. Goldsack stated that although there are a number of joint venture companies that have been established by companies of the two countries, they would like to see an increase in the number of such partnerships, in which the most important concept is intellectual property: “We are very open to innovative proposals, and none of our companies are against sharing their intellectual property. These companies are looking for answers to the question of not only how they can work together with Turkish companies, but also to how they can take advantage of opportunities in third countries together with them.”

Goldsack pointed out that the Turkish sector is able to come up with highly innovative solutions, and that UK companies can take this approach as an example.

He said that new collaborations in the fields of aerial, naval and land platforms, as well as service areas such as testing, should be established in the future, underlining the bilateral nature of such business relations: “We are not only a seller here, but also a buyer. [Let’s take] British Army. Every army march on its feet. What does it have on its feet? Turkish boots!”

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