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Defense and Aerospace

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Defense and Aerospace

Turkey has undergone a fundamental transformation in defense and aerospace in recent decades. The industry has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years and Turkey is now one of the fastest growing defense and aerospace sectors in the world. Known for their experience and quality, Turkish defense and aerospace companies make numerous efforts to create products that are globally competitive and play an important role in international projects. With their skilled staff and state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, Turkish companies offer global solutions to meet local needs in many countries. These Turkish companies are active in many critical areas of defense and aerospace, from initial design development to domestic production, from modernization to retrofitting and from R & D to international projects.

In developing the infrastructure of the national defense industry, Turkey has favored co-operation and co-production strategies with countries and companies that dominate the world market. Thus, many defense projects such as the MİLGEM battleship, the ALTAY main battle tanks, attack helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been successfully developed by the national defense industry. Building on this early experience, Turkey implemented numerous of its own projects, including the ANKA UAV, the HÜRKUŞ fighter-bomber, the GÖKTÜRK satellite, a light transport helicopter and a fighter plane. In addition, several key subsystems and technology development projects have been launched to support such programs. Today, thanks in part to their many projects developed domestically, the Turkish defense industry is quite mature in terms of its capabilities, quality and competencies. The Turkish defense industry not only meets the requirements of the Turkish armed forces, but is also a recognized player in the highly competitive international defense market. In the coming years, the sectoral share of domestic and foreign markets should increase further with the conclusion of important national defense projects.

Turkey is one of the countries with the highest spending in the defense sector worldwide. With defense expenditures of $ 15 billion, in 2016 Turkey had the 17th largest defense budget in the world. Defense industry revenues have doubled in the past decade, reaching $ 6 billion by the end of 2016. In parallel with the development of the capacity of the Turkish aerospace and defense sector over the past decade, exports and international cooperation opportunities for Turkish companies have increased. Exports from the industry increased from $ 600 million in 2007 to $ 2 billion in 2016. Thanks to developed and qualified production capacity, the industry's orders in 2016 amounted to $ 12 billion.

Over the years, Turkey has also emerged as an ideal location for the civil aviation business. The number of air passengers increased from 34 million in 2004 to 193 million in 2017. The number of civil aircraft grew from 626 to 1,417 between 2003 and 2016. The airline's fleet size increased from 162 to 540. Over the same period, civil aviation revenue increased from $ 2.2 billion to $ 20 billion. Turkey is determined to position itself as a hub for civil aviation. In Istanbul, a new airport is being built, which, when completed, will be the world's largest airport with a capacity of 200 million passengers per year and almost 350 flights.

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