ANKARA (July 6): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob visited two of Turkey’s leading defense and aerospace companies on Wednesday as Malaysia seeks to boost technological cooperation with the republic.
The Prime Minister, who is here for a four-day official visit, visited MKE Corporation and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
Upon his arrival at MKE, Ismail Sabri was greeted by National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and MKE Director General Yasin Akdere before being briefed on the operations of the Turkish defense sector pioneer.
MKE, a state-owned company serving the Turkish Armed Forces as its main supplier, has 10 modern factories and more than 400 product lines divided into four categories: ammunition, weapons, rockets, explosives and pyrotechnics.
Also present were Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah, Air Force Chief General Tan Sri Mohd Asghar Khan Goriman Khan and Army Chief General Tan Sri Zamrose Mohd Zain.
At TAI, he was briefed on the operations by its President and CEO, Professor Temel Kotil.
Also present at TAI were Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Special Duties) Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad and Co-Chairman (Industry) of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Tech (MIGHT) Tan Sri Ahmad Tajuddin Ali.
At the end of the visit, an aerial demonstration was held for the Malaysian delegation, showcasing the locally developed T129 ATAK helicopter, the Anka unmanned aerial vehicle, the Hurkus trainer aircraft and the Gokbey helicopter.
Located in the capital, TAI’s production plant covers an area of five million square meters with an industrial facility of 150,000 square meters under its roof.