Ukrainian delegation headed by Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos participated in the “IDEF 2019” International Defense Industry Fair
Ukrainian delegation headed by Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Kryvonos participated in the "IDEF 2019" International Defense Industry Fair (Istanbul, Turkey).
The Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noted that the purpose of the Ukrainian delegation's participation in the exhibition was to "expand defense cooperation with the participating countries, as well as to get acquainted with the latest developments and technologies of the defense industry of the leading countries of the world".
During the visit, Mr. Kryvonos met with the leadership of the major Turkish defense companies and with President of the State Agency for Defense Industry of the Turkish Republic Ismail Demir.
"We discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the defense industry, projects that have already been launched, and prospects for expanding cooperation and coordination", - the Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine noticed after the meeting with Mr. Demir.
Mr. Kryvonos reported that together with the President of the State Agency for Defense Industry of Turkey they inspected the stands at which the products of domestic producers were presented, and emphasized that "Ukraine has a lot to be proud of and Turkey's interest in cooperation confirms this".
The exhibition, in particular, features the well-known Turkish companies ROKETSAN, TAI, HAVELSAN, ASELSAN.
The Deputy Secretary of the NSDC of Ukraine also met with representatives of the Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar communities of Istanbul, volunteers, Ukrainian military servicemen, students and Ukrainian diplomats.
IDEF-2019 is one of the most important and largest exhibitions in the European continent. The participating companies demonstrate and become acquainted with modern defense technologies and military equipment developments.
11 Ukrainian enterprises are represented in Istanbul; they exhibit the best achievements of the Ukrainian defense complex. In particular, the State Design Bureau "Luch" demonstrates high-precision missile complexes "Skif", "Corsair", as well as the new 120 mm guided missile "Konus" designed for tanks equipped by NATO standards. The exhibition also includes the automated artillery control system "ArtOS", armored vehicles samples, engines and protective elements, advanced high-precision weapons - the guided artillery shell "Kvitnyk-E" and the "Neptune" anti-ship missile system, as well as aviation equipment.
During the first day of IDEF-2019, representatives of the State Enterprise "Spetstechnoexport", part of the "Ukroboronprom" SC, initialed a contract with the Turkish state-owned corporation "Makina ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu" ("MKEK") for the supply of 120-mm round comprising anti-tank guided missiles "Konus". During the first stage of the contract implementation, it is planned to supply these missiles and guidance devices for their integration into the Turkish main battle tanks. Subsequently, there will be a partial technology transfer where Ukrainian guided missiles will be produced at the MKEK facilities.