Turkey and Japan to cooperate on Altay tank engine

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Japan today as part of his 6-day tour of the far-east.

Turkey and Japan to cooperate on Altay tank engine

World Bulletin / News Desk

Media sources in Japan have claimed that Turkey and Japan have come to an agreement on a joint tank motor development project to help boost each other’s defenses.

According to Japan’s Kyodo, the purpose for Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Tokyo to meet with counterpart Shinzo Abe is to sign such an agreement, demonstrating a further step in the warming ties between the two nations.

Turkey will be working with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to develop a motor that will be suitable for its Altay tank, which it developed with South Korea. Turkey is also seeking deals with Fuji Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to develop a helicopter motor, a drone, infra-red sensors, and a fuel battery system for vessels and submarines.

In May, the two countries also agreed to work together in building a nuclear power plant in Turkey’s Black Sea region. Shinzo Abe also visited Isanbul two months ago to commemorate the grand opening of the Marmaray tunnel, which was also made with Japanese cooperation.

As of 2011, Japan has lightened some of the restrictions it had placed on developing military technology, and until today has only worked with the US in this sector.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Ocak 2014, 09:33