Turkish defense industry will attend the Asian Defense Services Fair in Malaysia

32 companies and organizations from Turkey will attend the Asian Defense Services Fair to be held in Kuala Lumpur on March 28-31 for new cooperation and export opportunities. Malaysia uses armored land vehicles, boats and weapon systems produced by Turkish companies, and the Turkish defense industry offers new collaborations with Anka, Hurjet, Maritime Patrol Aircraft and radio projects.

The Turkish defense industry will participate in the Asian Defense Services Fair (DSA 2022) to increase cooperation in Malaysia and the countries of the region.

DSA 2022 Exhibition will be held in Kuala Lumpur on March 28-31. The fair offers the opportunity for Turkish defense industry companies to promote, cooperate and create a market for themselves. Turkey has provided “national participation” to the fair, which is held every two years, 13 times since 1996.

In this year’s fair, 32 companies/organizations, including the Defense and Aviation Industry Exporters’ Association, will take their place in the Turkish national area consisting of 2 thousand 700 square meters, under the coordination of the Presidency of Defense Industries. At the fair, Aksa Motor Vehicles, ASELSAN, Ata Silah, BMC, CES Composite and Defense, DEARSAN, Derya Arms, DESAN, Garanti Giyim Kompozit, HAVELSAN, HOYTEK, Kale Kalip, Koc Defense, MKE, Nurol Makina, Nurol Teknoloji, OTOKAR, REPKON, ROKETSAN, SAHA Istanbul, Samsun Yurt Savunma, Simsoft, STM, TAIS, TEI, Transvaro, Turac, TURMAKS, TUSAS, FNSS, will introduce their products and services.

The Turkish defense industry, which has made a name for itself in the world with its breakthrough in recent years, produces a large part of its needs locally and nationally, from ships to helicopters, from armored vehicles to unmanned aerial vehicles, from weapon systems to satellite studies, from air defense systems to electronic warfare.

The Turkish defense industry not only meets Turkey’s defense and security needs with domestic and national resources, but also supports its friends and allies. Turkey exports 228 products, mainly UAVs and SIHAs, land vehicles, naval platforms to 170 countries.

Malaysia is among the important and strategic allies in Southeast Asia, with which Turkey cooperates in the defense industry.

During President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Malaysia, 14 memorandums of understanding were signed between companies operating in the defense industry, establishing bilateral cooperation. While exports to Malaysia remained at the level of $2.6 million last year, it is aimed to increase the figure, which was approximately $20 million for the previous 3 years, and $40 million in 2017, to much better levels.


Turkey has exported many armored vehicles to Malaysia so far. The body and parts assemblies of the armored vehicles produced in FNSS facilities are manufactured in DEFTECH facilities and given to the Malaysian army. Within the scope of this cooperation, production continues at DEFTECH.

A 4×4 armored vehicle contract was recently signed by Nurol Makina. MRTP 16 boots produced by Yonca-Onuk are in the Malaysia inventory. ASELSAN’s remote-controlled stabilized weapon systems are being integrated into Malaysian Coast Guard boats.

TUSAS’s offer for the Anka UAV is being evaluated by the Malaysian Air Force Command. TAI also submitted a bid for the tender for 18 aircraft with Hurjet. TUSAS, which offers joint production in Malaysia, also opened an office in this country. It is aimed to increase cooperation in the field of UAVs, trainer aircraft, helicopters and aviation training through this office, which is expected to employ approximately 100 people by the end of the year.

A similar cooperation model is offered by ASELSAN within the scope of Maritime Patrol Aircraft and radio projects.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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