IDEF 2021

Planned for late May 2021 but moved to the right due to COVID considerations, the 15th edition of IDEF 2021, the biennial International Defence Industry Fairs organised in Turkey, initially in Ankara and since 2009 in Istanbul, was inaugurated on August 17th at the TÜYAP Fair and Congress Center by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

According to organisers some 1,000 national and international companies gathered in Istanbul to showcase their products and technologies, with over 400 official delegations expected to visit the exhibition premises.

All main Turkish defence programmes are being exhibited at IDEF, from the new fighter to the Altay MBT, the national industry taking the opportunity of this event to unveil numerous new products, while a number of signing ceremonies related to contracts as well as partnership are expected to be signed during the four days of the show, which will end on August 20th.

International participation is also consistent, Turkey being definitely a key customer for many major defence producers.

Hereafter EDR On-Line readers will find a selection of the most relevant topics highlighted during IDEF 2021.

FNSS aims at expanding its export base, company CEO says

Otokar looks positively at post-COVID years, company GM says

Roketsan: the Atmaca missile family grows

BMC Power: towards national powerpacks for heavy armoured vehicles

Turkish Aerospace Industries: ATAK 2 heads towards 2023 maiden flight

FNSS Shadow Rider UGV: from tele-operation to autonomy

Aselsan proposes its new command and control suites at IDEF

Integrating all digitised systems under the same hat: Havelsan Digitised Troops concept

MKE develops new naval artillery solutions

Turkish independence in naval systems: two new torpedoes from Roketsan

FNSS: Caka, a marinised RCWS for the ZAHA AAAV

Otokar launched the diesel version of its Akrep II

STM loitering munitions evolve

FNSS unveils Sancak RCWS

Roketsan air defence: from Sungur to Levent

DASAL unveils its new UAVs

BMC unveils its Altuğ 8×8 IFV and APC

The FNSS 8×8 proposal for the Turkish Land Forces New Gen Vehicles competition

Arma 8×8 NG: the Otokar proposal for the Turkish Land Forces IFV

MBDA open to cooperation with Turkey

FNSS: a PARS 6×6 for Turkish Special Forces

Which wheeled Next Gen vehicle for Turkish Land Forces?