The International Defence Industry Fair IDEF’19, the 14th of which was organised this year, marks an important change for Turkey. At the first ever IDEF’19 organised approximately 28 years ago, the majority consisted of foreign defence companies while local defence companies were mostly at a representation level. Those who visited the fair were the officers and non-commissioned officers working in the logistics of the Turkish Armed Forces.
Turkey was the representative of peace and stability in the Middle East for many years. Providing and maintaining these were possible through a powerful armed force that had “operating muscles”. Acquiring this power through national products was an important source of motivation for the sector.
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