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Turkey is major competitor in armoured vehicle production, Russia maker says

Turkish Army's armoured vehicles are deployed on the border line in the Turkish border district of Reyhanli near Syria's Idlib, within the reconnaissance activities in Idlib as part of an international agreement to establish de-escalation zones, in Hatay, Turkey on 17 October, 2017 [Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency]
Turkish Army's armoured vehicles are deployed on the border line in the Turkish border district of Reyhanli near Syria's Idlib, within the reconnaissance activities in Idlib as part of an international agreement to establish de-escalation zones, in Hatay, Turkey on 17 October, 2017 [Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey is one of Russia's main competitors in the manufacture of armoured vehicles for the foreign market, Igor Zarakhovich, chief designer of the Russian company AO Remdizel (JSC), said in an interview with Sputnik.

"Today, the situation has emerged that in whatever country we would like to promote our vehicles, there are already Turkish enterprises which have managed to make friends there and provided everyone with their vehicles for trial drives," he said.

According to Zarakhovich, the secret of the success of Turkish vehicles is that its legislation allows enterprises to independently promote their equipment abroad without prior approvals of a state mediator.

Kosovo became the most recent country to agree to the delivery of the Turkish Vuran multi-purpose armoured vehicles.

Last month Kenya's Ministry of Defence awarded another Turkish company a contract to supply 118 Hizir armoured personnel carriers. Making it the third country in the world to do so.

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