Cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the military-technical and defence-industrial sectors has recently reached a new level. In total, the partnership in the aerospace and defence spheres includes more than 30 projects.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrii Sybiha said this in an interview with a media platform Defense Here.
According to the Ambassador, defence cooperation remains one of the main elements of the Ukrainian-Turkish strategic partnership.
“Bilateral cooperation between Ukraine and Turkey in the military-technical and defence-industrial spheres has recently been brought by the parties to a new qualitative level. In general, the partnership between the two countries in the aerospace, military and defence industries includes more than 30 projects,” he said.
The diplomat asserted that Ukraine was one of the first foreign countries to purchase the Bayraktar TB2 military drones.
“Our work in that direction is gradually improving. Within the framework of our latest agreement, the engines of the Akinci UAVs will be produced by Ukraine. Also, both parties are still in talks regarding the manufacturing of the Ukrainian engines in Turkey as well as the manufacturing of the Turkish UAVs in Ukraine,” Sybiha stressed.
Among the promising areas, he named cooperation in the joint production of armoured vehicle engines, peaceful space exploration, as well as the creation of joint ventures for the production of aviation equipment based on Antonov aircraft.
The Ukrainian Ambassador highlighted the number of Turkish companies managed to enter the Defense News Top 100 list.
“It is interesting to see the number of Turkish defence industry companies that managed to enter the Defense News Top 100 list for the last year, which is one of the most prestigious lists in the field of the defence industry.”
The Ukrainian Ambassador said that the number of the companies that managed to secure a place in the list increased to 7 in 2020 with ASELSAN, TAI, BMC, ROKETSAN, STM, FNSS and HAVELSAN, and the number increases each year.
Earlier, on 16 October 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met in Istanbul and signed a number of bilateral documents. In particular, Ukrainian Defence Minister Andriy Taran and Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar signed a framework military agreement between the governments of the two countries.
On 14 December 2020, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence concluded first-ever direct foreign economic agreements for military goods. Defence contracts with Turkish companies were signed by Defence Minister Andriy Taran and Head of the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) of the Republic of Turkey İsmail Demir.