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The Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) exported arms
and ammunition to 28 countries last year, with half going to Saudi Arabia. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

The Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) exported arms and ammunition to 28 countries last year, with half going to Saudi Arabia. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

The Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) exported arms and ammunition worth 104.4 million Turkish Liras ($55.4 million) last year, with half of these exports going to Saudi Arabia.

MKEK, which manufactures arms, ammunition, rockets and explosive materials for the Turkish Armed Forces (THY), exported goods worth 104.432 liras to 28 countries in four continents in 2012, according to figures from the company.

Saudi Arabia bought arms and ammunition worth 52.6 million liras, which accounted for half of MKEK’s total exports, Bahrain became the country with the second-highest purchases of arms and ammunition form MKEK worth 9.7 million liras and Pakistan followed with 7.4 million liras. Argentina, Vietnam, the United States, Switzerland and Thailand were also among the countries that MKEK exported arms and ammunition to last year.

MKEK determined its 2013 export target as $75 million – as its exports were $55.4 million last year – based on its orders from 2011, its regular customers and requests received from talks during fairs.

However, the domestic orders to MKEK have also risen. MKEK has received 361.1 million liras from the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Turkish Police Department and the National Intelligence Agency. MKEK delivered 289.5 million liras worth of arms to these institutions last year, and will make a further delivery worth 71.6 million liras this year.

May/07/2013

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mara mcglothin

5/8/2013 4:57:02 PM

TURK UZAN Where have you been son? I have said some other funny things lately and was sure you would comment. What is your point? Is the USA not allowed to sell weapons, but Turkey is???? In case you are not aware, I do believe that AMERICAN as well as myself were being facetious, since it is always youngsters like you who show up to bash the USA for similar business. Simple.

Eric Martin

5/7/2013 11:27:12 PM

Excellent! Keep investing until we are one of the top weapons exporters!

Turk Uzan

5/7/2013 10:45:51 PM

@ American, the IRONY of that statement. The good 'ol US of A is still the biggest arms supplier of the UAE. @ Mara .... even more Irony .. I really really hope you kids were joking.

Nadiri Başaran

5/7/2013 4:47:56 PM

One tenth to Bahrain! Oh yes, another Saudi dictatorship.

mara mcglothin

5/7/2013 3:41:26 PM

AMERICAN Spot on! It is okay for Turkey to have their own interests, but not others??????

american american

5/7/2013 12:51:22 PM

you mean turkey is helping to prop up an evil dictatorial country?....no

Ali Karp

5/7/2013 10:20:11 AM

Turkish Armed Forces is not "THY", but rather "TSK".
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