ISTANBUL (Bernama): Malaysia appreciated Turkey's willingness to offer opportunities for technology transfer in the field of "aerospace and defence industries" and such opportunities should be grabbed by Malaysia, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).
The Prime Minister said Turkey had now achieved extraordinary success in the "aerospace industry" within a short period of time and it was something outstanding.
"During my visit here, they have shown their ability in technologies such as those concerning aeroplanes, helicopters and the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). Twenty years ago, when I came here (Turkey), they could only assemble the F16 aircraft.
"Now they can design, test their own products. Their helicopters look very sophisticated. Within a short time, they have succeeded to acquire sophisticated technology," he told Malaysian journalists at the end of his official visit to Turkey at the Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, here on Saturday (July 27).
Dr Mahathir arrived in Ankara, the Turkish capital city on Wednesday to begin his four-day visit and has been here since Friday.
Dr Mahathir said the cooperation offered was rather interesting. Turkey was prepared to give positive access to technology, something that was difficult to obtain from other parties.
"They offered cooperation in specific fields, and we do not have to look from other countries to obtain such technologies because they are prepared to offer their technology.
"We believe the opportunities offered should be taken to leapfrog, to gain technology in the fields of aircraft and UAV. The UAV is most important, everything uses UAV controlled from the ground. This had been exhibited by Turkey who displayed their capabilities, performing numerous military action," he said.
The Prime Minister said Turkish companies showed strong interest on Malaysia and this was proven during his four-day visit to the country.
"Usually companies possessing sophisticated technology would not be willing to expose their ability, but here they stated their willingness to take our engineers (from Malaysia) in the various fields, in the designing sector, manufacturing, testing and so on. Cooperation in the field of defence is very important to us. We can control technology but it would take a long time," he said. - Bernama