The United States is Turkey's biggest defence equipment importer with export figures souring to $353 million during the first five months of 2019, according to data from the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TİM).
Ankara's aviation and defense industry export revenue stood at $1 billion, up by 37 percent from last year's $784 million during the same period, reported Anadolu Agency citing TİM data.
Qatar's import of Turkish defence hardware was $123 million, a steep increase of 1300 percent. Another country with big boost in imports from Ankara was United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 1,800 percent increase to buy $63.5 million worth equipment.
Exports to Germany was $108 million and Netherlands was $33.7 million, marking an increase of 6.6 percent and 1.39 percent respectively.
Shipments to Oman rose by 40 percent, reaching $101 million. Exports to the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia increased by 16.7 percent and 193 percent, respectively, to $27.6 million and 21.4 million.
Data also showed that Azerbaijan purchased $19.2 million worth of goods from local defense companies in January-May, a 19.3 percent increase from a year ago.
However, exports of defense and related equipment to India declined 12.5 percent to $30.3 million.
In January-May, Turkey’s overall exports rose by 5.37 percent to hit $76.6 billion. In May alone, the country’s exports hit the highest-ever monthly figure with $16.8 billion.
The foreign trade deficit stood at $10.5 billion in the first five months of 2019 versus a $36 billion deficit in January-May last year.
The United States has threatened imposing Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) against Turkey if it goes ahead with the Russian S-400 Air Defence Systems deal, the State Department warned on Wednesday. This is the first instance of the US intending to invoke CAATSA against a country for buying Russian equipment since the act came into force in 2018
Pakistan is likely to purchase the export version of Turkey's Zargana anti-torpedo countermeasure systems, to be equipped on diesel-electric fast-attack Agoste 90B class submarines. The Pakistani Navy and the developer of the systems, Turkish firm Aselsan are expected to meet soon to discuss the purchase, Daily Sabah reported Wednesday
Turkey sees an improvement in talks with the United States over the purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems and US F-35 fighter jets but was prepared for sanctions under Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). "In our talks with the United States, we see a general easing and rapprochement on issues including the east of the Euphrates, F-35s and Patriots," Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said
After Completing 100,000 combat hours in Northern Iraq and Syria, Turkeys ‘Bayratkar TB2 armed UAV is planning to target new export markets in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. “I believe we will eventually see TB2 complete one-million-hour flight and our work will evolve towards space flight
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) uncovered the full-size mock-up of its TF-X jet at the Paris Air Show 2019 today at a time when it is facing possible expulsion from the F-35 program over the S-400 row with the United States. The aircraft mock-up looks inspired by the F-35 and has several design cues to suggest so
The S-400 air defense system could give Turkey control over the airspace of a part of the Mediterranean and Syria, which is a territory where the United States and Israel routinely conduct aerial operations. The reason why the US is vehemently opposed to Turkey acquiring the S-400 is because Washington and Israel may have to keep Ankara informed before launching an air-raid
With the US-Turkey F-35 Jet deal heading towards a possible collapse, Turkey is considering alternatives such as the Russian Su-57, Chinese J-31 or even accelerating the development of its own fighter jet. The US has stopped supply of parts to Turkish firms involved in the F-35 supply chain besides suspending pilot training for F-35s ‘delivered to Ankara but still based in the United States
The letter sent by US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on the Russian S-400 missile defense system is "not in spirit of the alliance,” Hulusi Akar, Defense Minister of Turkey said Wednesday. Shanahan, in a letter to Hulusi Akar dated June 6, stated that the Pentagon has suspended training of new F-35 Turkish pilots
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has won a $25.5 million contract for the production of the MK 46 MOD 2 Gun Weapon System (GWS) for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and Landing Platform Dock (LPD) programs, along with fiscal 2019 spares requirement
Falco Xplorer, Leonardo’s Competitor to US Grey Eagle Drone makes First Flight...
Large Utility-Attack Drone Test-flown in China
Sea Ceptor Supersonic Missile Defence System Offered to Indian Navy
Iran Shot Ukrainian Plane Owing to F-35 Scare
Algeria In Talks With Russia for a Dozen Su-57 Jets
France “Obstructing” Turkey-Eurosam Missile Defence System Project: Turkish Official
Junked Railway Rake Mistook for Indian ICBM
Turkey All But Gives up on F-35 Jet Deal, Seeks Alternatives
Several joint production and direct procurement programs could be halted if the US and Europe carry through with their threat...
Sanctions-hit Iran has found ingenious ways to develop military hardware
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly permeating the defence industry to aid and improve human decision-making
Upgrade of Russias Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters to equip them with armaments, radar, sensors and engines from the more powerful Su-35...
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...