ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish defense companies are chasing contracts worth several billion dollars in Saudi Arabia, according to Turkish procurement officials.
The Altay was developed by another armored vehicles maker, Otokar. The government is planning to launch a bidding for its serial production. The ANKA is made by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).
The potential contracts were discussed during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's state visit to Saudi Arabia on Dec. 31. Erdogan met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman. Turkey views the Saudi kingdom as an important Sunni ally. Both countries back Syrian opposition fighting to oust Syria's non-Sunni president, Bashar al-Assad.
Erdogan told reporters that the most important steps Turkey and Saudi Arabia are committed to take were in the fields of "commerce and defense industry."
Burak Ege Bekdil is the Turkey correspondent for Defense News.