Turkey, Brazil pursue defence cooperation

The defence ministers of Brazil and Turkey met in São Paulo earlier this month, signing a letter of intent to improve bilateral military ties, increase procurement cooperation and technology transfers. Both countries eye a bigger share of the global defence market.

Turkey expressed particular interest in Brazil’s aerospace technologies, cybernetics and unmanned aircraft. Analysts, however, remain sceptical as several previous industrial efforts between the countries have failed, with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer losing a $450 million contract to Korea Aerospace Industries for the co-production of about 50 trainer jets in 2007, according to Defense News.

In May 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced an action plan for greater cooperation during his visit in Brazil. The trade between the countries reached $2 billion last year, with aim to quintuple the amount in the near future.

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