Jun. 24, 2014 - By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense News
ANKARA — Turkey’s new procurement chief has said the country should prioritize what he calls “smart systems” when planning future purchases.
Ismail Demir, a professor of aviation who was appointed as head of the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), said Turkey would focus on the production, co-production and acquisition of “areas with high firepower and sensitive electronic technology.”
Demir, formerly a general manager of THY Teknik, the repair and maintenance subsidiary of Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, took over as SSM’s undersecretary in April.