Anti-riot, Cyber, Special Forces emerging as niche fields in the markets of Turkey

Published By : 16 Dec 2013 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Turkey’s local defense companies are on the brink of witnessing a near-boom in peculiar and specialized industries in the near-future. Hurriyetdailynews reported that Turkey and its foreign partners may expand in cyber technologies, anti-riot equipment, and a variety of defense gears and mechanisms for the country’s industrial forces and special forces. 

The cyber defense and technologies have become a pivotal part of the country’s national defense, said Murad Bayar – Turkey’s chief procurement official and head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) in a defense conference. Cyber threats are expanding drastically and asymmetrically around us and thus, network-centric strategies are required to tackle the national-level problems and threats in the country, he adds. 

With a constantly growing number of key players, cyber technologies and anti-riot equipment will soon become niche in the defense markets. Moreover, Turkey arranged about a dozen meetings on new technologies and cyber security this year. One of the most recent ones was held between November 19-20 that brought together cyber experts, cyber defense officials, 450 military officers, and other industry representatives from different states and countries such as Italy, Hungary, Finland, United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, South Korea, and Albania. 

Colonel Cengiz Ozteke, the commander of the military General Staff’s division for cyber defense and electronics systems said, the Turkish military has now considered cyber security as the country’s fifth elemental force after navy, air forces, space, and land forces. Many defense company executives calculate the overall size of the cyber-related market to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the next five to six years. 

In earlier times, the Turkish military headquarters had created a Cyber Warfare Command, and later in the month of June, the Turkish government launched the Center for Response to National Cyber Threats. 

Various key Turkish players are the government watchdogs. Institutions like Information and Communication Technologies Authorities (ICTA), military software concern Havelsan, military electronics firm Aselsan, the military General Staff, and the state scientific research institution TÜBÄ°TAK all deal with cyber security solutions.

The Turkish government generally depends on the foreign solutions, but the national intelligence agency and the military use local cyber security solutions which are mainly developed by the TÜBÄ°TAK and Havelsan. TÜBÄ°TAK represents about 70 percent of the national crypto solution. In addition, anti-riot equipment is also another promising solution in the defense industry. 

Turkey’s 2014 draft budget plan will allocate almost 21.8 billion liras and 20.1 billion Turkish Liras for the Interior Ministry and the police force to the Defense Ministry. However, Turkey is on a high-alert due to asymmetrical threats and regional geopolitical realities and thus, is keeping its Special Forces and operations ready for combat. The magnitude and type of equipment were not specified or commented on, but a defense analyst said that the drones would be used in the future for combating special operations. Technology seems to evolve and advance constantly. It develops into different stages and standards, and based on this progress, the country could buy the equipment without prior planning, said one military official. 

Moreover, after the Gezi Park protests, Turks are determined to vote in presidential, local, as well as, parliamentary elections in 2014 and 2015. Nonetheless, local agents expect the bigger bill and more protest to act for anti-riot machines including tear gas, gas canisters, water cannons, and various other military-defense gears.  

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