Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) intends to start an assembly line for its Anka UAV Systems and Hurkus new generation advanced trainers in Kazakhstan. As a first step to get a foothold in Kazakhstan and the Central Asian region, TAI has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kazakhstan Aviation Industry (KAI) for a bilateral cooperation of Anka and Hurkus.Though the MoU didn’t specify the details of the cooperation, a TAI officials tells Daily News that it will help set a road-map for future programmes and will be a “win-win for both the companies.” Within the framework of the agreement, information on Anka and Hürküs platforms, developed by TAI, can be exchanged.
According to a senior official at KAI, the Turkish firm intends to start a production line for both the platforms in the KAI base in Astana and also provide technical support. “Both, KAI and TAI are studying the requirement and the feasibility process, including transfer of technology,” he adds.
Though there are no specific requirement from Kazakhstan for these platforms, sources in KAI indicate that Astana has plans to buy Anka and Hürkuş. The TAI official also says, “We are open for any kind of support for Kazakhstan Aviation. But first we need to have a procedure and the MoU will provide us that opportunity.”
Basically, TAI will also be able to work more closely with Kazakhstan authorities as a result of this MoU. “While strengthening its global market presence with the industrial collaboration in the field of aviation and defence industry, TAI has taken an important step towards meeting the specific requirements of Central Asian countries, the TAI official says.