SHAH ALAM: Two Turkish defence company CEOs had a meeting with PM DS Ismail Sabri yesterday. The duo were Turkish Aerospace CEO Temel Kotil and MKE CEO Yasin Akdere. They were accompanied by Turkish ambassador to Malaysia Dr. Merve Kavakcı to the meeting held at the PM’s office at Parliament.
The TAI CEO were clearly promoting the company’s products from the Anka, ATAK and the TAI T-FX, based on the models presented to the PM based on pictures published on the Turkish Embassy Twitter posts (below). That said I am not purview to the conversations apart from the pictures published here.
This was the second visit by Kotil to Malaysia within the last few weeks as he was here on Nov. 24 for the opening of TAI’s office in Putrajaya. It was after the opening ceremony he told the Malaysian media that the company was offering its still prototype Hurjet for the RMAF FLIT/LCA programme. And this include assembly of the aircraft in Malaysia.
Earlier in the day, Kotil also signed an MOU with Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT) to collaborate on delivering aerospace educational, technical training and applied research programmes in Malaysia. TAI also signed an MOU with Sirim Bhd aimed at fostering collaboration in developing Aerospace Industry ecosystem.
Apart from meeting with the PM, I was told that the TAI CEO will also be meeting with the Defence Ministry and military officials about their offerings. Interestingly, apart from the Hurjet and Anka, TAI, I am told, is talking on offering the ATAK attack helicopter for the Army Air Wing.
I have no idea why MKE CEO was also in town and his schedule. It is likely that he will also be meeting with the defence and military officials over their products including the newly developed 76mm naval gun and also its wheeled SPH. PM7 in 2019 also visited Turkey where he visited TAI and other Turkish defence companies facilities. His government fell a few months later, which forced TAI and the other Turkish companies to lobby again with the successive Malaysian governments.
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