Turkish Defense Industry to Dominate Pakistan’s IDEAS 2018 Expo

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The “Turkish National Pavilion” will cover over 1,750 square meters, one of the largest at the Karachi Expo

KARACHI (Nov 25, 2018) — A total of 25 Turkish firms are set to take part in the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in a strong showing for Turkey’s growing defense industry and its collaboration with Pakistan.

The IDEAS 2018 Expo being organized by Pakistan’s Defense Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) will be held at Karachi Expo Center from Nov. 27 to Nov. 30, 2018.

The defense expo, being the most strategically important event of the region, will once again bring together all the defense and security industry players across the globe to showcase the latest technological innovations.

The Expo comes as Pakistan’s defense industry makes further exploration for new markets. The DEPO is already exporting aircrafts, arms and ammunition to over 35 countries around the world, and during the last 2 years they have developed a strategy to expand its business plan.

The four days of the event are exclusively for trade visitors and high official defense delegates.

The Turkish firms will participate under the leadership of Turkey’s Defense Industry Ministry and the Defense Industry Exporters’ Association.

The “Turkish National Pavilion” will cover over 1,750 square meters, one of the largest at the Karachi Expo.

In addition to meeting local needs in Pakistan, representatives of the Turkish defense industry aim to introduce, market and ink sale deals to modernize and strengthen the armed forces of participating African and regional countries such as Central Asian states. The most productive geopolitical region of Asia is one of the largest markets for Defense products amid new challenges posed by the transformed regional and global security dynamics.

Another highlight of the event will be the presence of Belgium-based “Army Recognition Group” magazine team to deliver daily all news of the event and to provide the exhibitors with a global online window in parallel with the IDEAS 2018 exhibition”.

Why Turkey Will Dominate IDEAS 2018

In July this year, Ankara was awarded a multibillion-dollar tender to supply four corvettes to the Pakistan Navy — a deal dubbed as the biggest export for Turkey’s defense industry in history by then-Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

In May 2017, Turkish and Pakistani defense companies struck another deal for the construction of four Turkish Ada class MILGEM (National Ship) corvettes.

According to the agreement, two ships will be built in Istanbul and two others at Karachi Shipyard.

Back in June, Turkey and Pakistan signed an agreement on the purchase for 30 of Turkey’s T129 Advanced Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopters considered the largest single export in the history of the Turkish defense industry ever inked.

“Contract negotiations on T129 ATAK helicopters between Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) and the Pakistani Ministry of Defense Production were finalized,” the under secretariat said in a statement.

The T129 ATAK helicopter was developed by the Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Italy-based AgustaWestland and was added to the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces in 2014.

Designed to operate in hot conditions, the T129 can be deployed in a wide range of operations including attack, reconnaissance and deterrent missions.

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