ISTANBUL, May 26 (Bernama-Anadolu) — Turkish defence firm Havelsan has signed several agreements with Southeast Asian companies at the 16th edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2023, its general manager Mehmet Akif Nacar said on Thursday.
“The (Malaysian) prime minister (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) and various ministers visited our stand. Together, we signed several goodwill agreements,” Nacar told Anadolu at LIMA which is being held at Malaysia’s resort island of Langkawi from May 23-27.
The agreements that Havelsan signed with Malaysian and Indonesian companies, as well as the National Defence University of Malaysia, included deals on critical infrastructure and facility security, command and control, simulation systems, combat management systems, and cybersecurity.
Nacar said that one of the agreements was about homeland security, while another was about simulation work.
“We see here that work on producing helicopter simulators has accelerated,” he said, adding that IT projects are making progress in Malaysia besides national and cyber security.
Anwar, who was briefed about Havelsan’s products and services at the company’s stand, also attended the signing ceremony of the deals, alongside Türkiye’s ambassador to Kuala Lumpur, Emir Salim Yuksel.
“With our local stakeholders, we talked about subjects in which we could transfer technology,” Nacar said.
Underlining that Havelsan had “great expectations” from the Southeast Asian region, he said that besides Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and other nations were “friends and allies with whom we can cooperate.”
The company also signed another agreement on combat management systems with a side in Indonesia, Nacar said, adding that Havelsan is interested in Naval projects with Malaysia.
The biennial LIMA, themed “The Nexus of Asia’s Maritime and Aerospace Trade”, is participated by over 525 exhibitors, including 140 companies from the defence industry, 101 companies from the commercial sector and 284 companies from both sectors.