Saturday, May 19, 2012
Turkish Military Industry Makes Inroads in Chile
The defense leaderships of Chile and Turkey have signed a cooperation agreement that could bring new business for defense contractors of both nations. Already, military officials have made a flurry of visits, including a Turkish delegation that toured Famae and Asmar facilities. The head of Chile's Navy, Adm. Juan Gonzales Fuentealba, visited the Anadolu Shipyard, where he reportedly expressed keen interest in the company's landing ships. Chile's ambassador to Turkey, Jorge Arancibia, who happens to be a former commander of the Navy, joined in the visit. Chile and Turkey have in common some key weapons systems, including F-16 fighter jets (some Chilean pilots trained in Turkey, in fact), Leopard 1 tanks and Type 209 submarines.