STE has concluded a series of agreements for the purchase of defense products in Turkey

by Zaur Babashov | Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 1323 views

During the second day of the IDEF’19 International Defence Industry Fair held in Istanbul, the SE SFTE “Spetstechnoexport”, that is a part of the State Concern “Ukroboronprom”, has signed a series of contracts with the Turkish company “Aselsan” to import military products from Turkey for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other state security forces.

In particular, the Ukrainian side is planning to import cooling thermal imagers for installation on guided anti-tank weapon systems, as well as to receive the next batches of secured UHF radio communications means.

Mr. Vladyslav Belbas, Director of “SpetsTechnoExport”, noted that the signed documents are the next stage in the development of strategic relations with “Aselsan”. The Turkish company has been the main supplier of UHF radio communication means for the Armed Forces of Ukraine since 2017, and “SpetsTechnoExport” carries out a number of export supplies of Ukrainian-made military products for “Aselsan”.

Also, in 2018, for the first time in Ukraine, “SpetsTechnoExport” concluded the offset contract with foreign company “Aselsan”, which provides a number of compensations by the purchase of Turkish military communications means. Thus, in addition to the counterpart trade, according to which “Aselsan” purchases products and services of Ukrainian defense industry, the Turkish side provide to Ukraine the transfer of technology of radio encryption, battlefield management system and creates a service center in Ukraine for servicing military radio communication systems.

The signing of agreements between Ukrainian and Turkish companies took place with the participation of Prof. Dr. İsmail DEMİR, the Chairman of “Savunma Sanayii Başkanlığı” – the Presidential Administration of the Defense Industries of Turkey.

Shall be recalled, that during the first day of the IDEF’19 International Defence Industry Fair, the SE SFTE “Spetstechnoexport” solemnly initialed a contract with the Turkish state corporation “Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu” (“MKEK”) for supply of 120 mm anti-tank laser guided missiles “Konus”, developed and produced by the “State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch”.

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