Operating in Turkey for 70 years with full confidence in the country's economy and the aviation sector, the US civil and military aircraft manufacturer Boeing unveiled the details of the Turkey National Aerospace Initiative, which was previously announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s US visit in September, at a press conference hosted by the Undersecretary for Defense Industries Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, Boeing Turkey Managing Director & Country Executive Ayşem Sargın, and ISPAT President Arda Ermut.
Commenting on the new program, Ermut said that the initiative will support the growth of the Turkish aerospace industry in line with the country’s 2023 vision and will foster further cooperation between Turkey and the US. "One thing should be clearly understood: The effect and value-added by this initiative will be much stronger than a conventional factory investment. We pay attention to the transfer of technology, employment generation, and export-oriented production in direct investments. From this perspective, the technology transfer that we always highlight will be achieved through the technology, engineering, and R&D investments by Boeing under this initiative,” added Ermut.
Within the scope of the initiative, Boeing intends to expand its operations in Turkey by introducing an Aviation Industry Development Program that is due to be launched by the company under the auspices of the Undersecretary for the Turkish Defense Industry in Istanbul, and by setting up centers such as an Engineering and Technology Development Center, and a Regional Flight Training Center.