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Turkey displays Hurjet aircraft at Malaysian Defense Expo

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KUALA LUMPUR: The 17th Defense Service Asia Exhibition and Conference, in the Malaysian covers products from 32 Turkish defense businesses, including Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).

Turkish defense industry representatives are currently showcasing their products at Malaysia’s biennial arms show, hoping to boost cooperation and extend their footprint in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Malaysia is apparently a major user of Turkish-made armored land vehicles, boats, and weapons systems. Due to the pandemic, the prior edition in 2020 was canceled.

Anka, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and Hürjet, an advanced trainer jet, are the two most notable Turkish defense products on display. Turkey appears to be competing with countries such as China and the United States for drone deals.

TAI launched its first engineering and design office in Selangor, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, last November to strengthen efforts to establish new cooperative ventures with Malaysia in the defense and aviation industries.

It’s worth mentioning that the contractor has already placed a bid on a light combat aircraft (LCA) tender for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), offering its Hürjet. The project began in 2017, and the jet is planned to fly for the first time in 2023.

The business also plans to conduct joint studies in a variety of sectors, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), jet trainers, original helicopter development, structural capabilities, and modernization initiatives. This aims to benefit the aviation ecosystem.

“In our tech center in Malaysia, we aim to carry out significant studies with Malaysian engineers to enhance the two countries’ capacities in the field of aviation and space industry,” Temel Kotil, the company’s CEO, said. 

Other Turkish companies such as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Aselsan, Roketsan, Havelsan, BMC, Kale Kalıp, MKE, Nurol Makina, and Otokar are also showcasing their latest products at the expo. 

Turkish media claimed that Malaysia is one of the industry’s most important and strategic friends in Southeast Asia. Despite the fact that sales to the country were only $2.6 million last year, they had totaled roughly $20 million in the previous three years. The industry hopes to increase the sum above the $40 million mark set in 2017, reports said.

The Defence Service Asia Exhibition and Conference is featuring around 1,170 firms from the global defense and security sector from 54 countries and regions, 20 international pavilions, 350 VIP delegations from 45 countries, and 40,000 visitors from 50 nations and regions.

Meanwhile, Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarussian weapon manufacturers are not participating in Malaysia’s biennial arms expo Defence Services Asia (DSA) due to the ongoing conflict, according to the fair’s organizer.

“The reasons are fairly obvious. There are no flights here out of Ukraine, while Russia could be facing some issues with making financial transactions and payment for services,” the organizer said. 

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