Defense: 16 countries in talks with Turkey for cooperation

The turnover of the military industry reached USD 4.75 bln

25 November, 12:49

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 25 - With its booming defense industry and comparatively well-trained armed forces, Turkey has emerged in recent years as a donor in military aid and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) a much-sought-after partner in the world. In 2012, as Cihan news agency reports, Turkey concluded a military aid agreement with 14 countries, while work is currently under way for an agreement to be signed with 16 other countries, said Ismet Yilmaz, minister of Defense, in a debate over the defense budget for fiscal year 2014 at a session of Parliament's Planning and Budgetary Commission.

    The minister, who said Turkey attached great importance to developing military ties with countries around the world, stated that Turkey has so far concluded a military training, technical and scientific cooperation agreement with a total of 67 countries. The number of countries with which Turkey has concluded a defense industry cooperation agreement is 55, while a military training cooperation agreement has been signed with a total of 52 countries around the world.

    For the year 2014, Turkey's defense budget, accepted at the Planning and Budgetary Commission, is 21.815 billion Turkish Liras (USD 10.8 billion), which represents 2.3% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Although running expenses, such as the salaries of armed forces personnel and maintenance costs, take up almost half of that budget, the remaining portion spent on new weapons systems and the modernization of weapons is enough to make Turkey, as per the annual report of the year 2011 on military expenditure by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the 15th biggest spender on arms in the world.

    Last year, the total turnover of the Turkish defense and aviation industry reached USD 4.75 billion, while the exports figure, including aircraft parts for civilian use but excluding items such as military suits and boots, was USD 1.26 billion.

    (ANSAmed).

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