Brazil, Turkey vow to deepen military ties
Brazil and Turkey’s defense chiefs vowed Monday to boost military ties and¬† technology transfers between the two emerging nations.
At a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim and his¬† visiting counterpart Ismet Yilmaz signed a letter of intent formalizing a move¬† to “develop cooperation between the defense industries of both countries,¬† including technology transfer and joint projects.”
Yilmaz, at the start of a week-long visit to Brazil, has expressed interest¬† in the South American nation’s aerospace technologies, cybernetics and the¬† unmanned aerial craft.
At a leadership meeting in October, the two countries moved toward a closer¬† relationship with vows to boost trade and strengthen ties.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on a visit to Ankara that trade¬† between the two countries stood at $2 billion in 2011, and Turkey’s President¬† Abdullah Gul said the countries have a target of reaching $10 billion “in a very¬† short period of time.”
Co-development of a new regional airliner¬†by Brazilian aerospace giant Embraer and Turkey’s TAI¬†is expected to be¬†among the projects topping their bilateral agenda.
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