Russia’s Rostec has announced its willingness to expand and enhance its cooperation with Turkey, to create and develop the nations space agency.
Rosoboronexport has suggested to offer unique comprehensive projects to partners, as in the case when the first Malaysian astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor was sent to the ISS as part of an offset agreement to the contract for supplying Su-30MKM fighters.
“Rostec and its Turkish partners have had a mutually beneficial relationship in various industries for a long time. We certainly welcome our partners’ intent to develop the space industry,” said Viktor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Department of the State Corporation. “Rostec has a wide range of competences and extensive expertise in developing the space industry, and we are ready to expand and strengthen cooperation in this sphere.”
The Turkish satellite Turksat-4A had earlier been launched in cooperation with Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec).
Overall, ROSOBORONEXPORT has assisted in putting over 30 spacecraft from 14 countries into relevant orbits, including in the interests of the UK, Germany, Italy, China, Norway, Sweden, and the European Space Agency.