Turkey has vast experience in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and is taking effective measures in the framework of import substitution in the defense and aviation industries. Russia is ready to discuss technological cooperation with Turkey on the basis of mutual benefit.
Sergey Chemezov, CEO of the Russian defense corporation Rostec, who is in Turkey to participate in the 15th international defense industry exhibition IDEF 2021, said this in an interview with the Anadolu agency.
The next, 15th international exhibition of the defense industry IDEF 2021, will be held from 17 to 20 August at the TÜYAP exhibition center in Istanbul. The exhibition is organized by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense under the patronage of the Presidential Administration.
Chemezov stressed that Turkey has made significant progress in the defense industry.
“Turkey is taking effective measures aimed at import substitution in the defense and aviation industries. As far as I know, the share of nationalization in the Turkish defense industry was insignificant in the early 2000s, and today the country already covers 70 percent of its own needs in this area, which indicates the high efficiency of the policy being pursued, ”the source said.
According to the general director of Rostec, the agreement on the supply of Russian S-400 air defense systems also plays an important role in cooperation between the two countries.
“I want to emphasize that Turkey is the first and only NATO country to sign a contract for the supply of the most advanced S-400 air defense systems. This is an important factor in the development of our bilateral partnership, ”he said.
The head of Rostec noted that Russia and Turkey could begin negotiations on the joint production of military aircraft.
“We are always open to dialogue with our partners. If Turkey shows interest, we are ready to cooperate in this direction. We know that Turkey intends to implement a project to produce its own fifth generation fighter TF-X. Having aviation systems and experience in their development and production, we can consider the possibility of supporting the creation of a new Turkish fighter, ”he said.
Turkey and Russia may also start negotiations on the joint production of military helicopters, Chemezov said.
“Of course, there is such a possibility. However, for further steps, we are waiting for a specific proposal from Turkey. We will be ready to support and develop cooperation in this direction as soon as the first step is taken, ”said the general director of the Russian corporation.
According to Chemezov, the production of helicopters continues to be one of the promising areas of cooperation between the two countries. Russia is ready to offer the Turkish side various types of helicopters, he said.
“For example, in 2018, Russian Helicopters and the Turkish company Kaan Air signed a contract for the supply of Ka-32 helicopters used in firefighting. These helicopters are quite versatile. The Ka-32 can be successfully used in search and rescue operations, evacuating the sick and wounded, patrolling and supporting special forces operations. We can also offer our partners multi-purpose helicopters of the Ansat type, ”Chemezov said.
The head of Rostec noted that more than 2 thousand Zala Aero UAVs protect the borders of the Russian Federation. They are also used in exploration, rescue operations, oil and gas infrastructure monitoring and emergency investigation, he said.
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