Cooperation with Turkey has been developing quite dynamically over the past few years and has reached a strategic level. This was stressed by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleg Uruskyi in an interview with the online newspaper "Apostrophe", commenting on the participation of the Ukrainian delegation in the International Defence Industry Fair IDEF 2021 (Istanbul).
"The IDEF 2021 is the platform where all participants in the process can discuss the state of Ukrainian-Turkish military-technical cooperation," Oleg Uruskyi underlined. The Turkish side is ready for fruitful, constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation. There are many common areas of work in the field of aircraft construction, production of armored vehicles, missile construction, electronic warfare, instrument making (opto-electronics) and engine building. In addition, cooperation in space is promising, including the creation of space carriers and components, space monitoring and remote sensing of the Earth and much more. "
Among the results of this year’s exhibition, the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine dwelled on the conclusion of a framework contract with Ukrspecsexport with the Turkish company THK Teknik A.S. on the establishment of a repair base for Mi-17 helicopters in Turkey, as well as the signing by Kharkiv JSC "FED" of another contract for the design and manufacture of new components for the Turkey's heavy class attack helicopter, ATAK 2.
"At present, the work is underway on a number of other projects. I am convinced that the volume of military-technical cooperation between our countries will only grow," Oleg Uruskyi stressed.
The official said that the Ukrainian delegation had a number of important meetings in Turkey, including with the Chairman of the State Agency for Defense Industry, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, President of the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council TÜBİTAK, Chairman of the Space Agency of Turkey.
"We also had a substantive discussion with the management of leading Turkish companies - ASELSAN, Baykar, Roketsan, TAI, TEI, STM and HAVELSAN. We tackled the current joint projects, the creation of joint ventures, offset policy, elimination of regulatory barriers, " the Deputy Prime Minister added.
It should be noted that Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine - Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine Oleg Uruskyi led the Ukrainian delegation, which took part in the IDEF 2021 on August 17-19.