Qatar, Oct 7 () - Currently engaged in wide-ranging military cooperation that expands from operations against ISIL to training soldiers together, Turkey and Qatar are now looking to further tighten defense-industry ties, as dozens of Turkish defense companies flocked to Doha on Oct. 6 to display their new products.
Some 67 Turkish companies and institutions, including Turkey’s leading defense and aviation system producers Aselsan, BMC, Havelsan, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Roketsan and THY Technic, opened booths at the fair ground, a rather small venue for a defense fair supported by Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) along with Qatari authorities.
Turkey’s first regional jet, TRJet, was also be exhibited in the fair, as well as BMC’s six large new defense vehicles, and water cannon used to crush street protests.
The two countries signed a 10-year military cooperation deal last summer, according to Turkey’s Official Gazette, covering the deployment of Turkish soldiers to Qatari soil and more broadly boost cooperation.
The fair was held under the auspices of Turkish President Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül and his Qatari counterpart, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, who both spoke at the event, thanked both leaders for their contribution.