Samsun Yurt Defense bought the British defense company.

There is a first in the medium caliber weapons that Turkey has been importing for years. Samsun Yurt Defense (SYS) , the producer of the Canik brand, bought the British defense industry firm AEI Systems for 1 billion liras. The Turkish company will increase its large-caliber production power..

Samsun Yurt Defense (SYS) , the manufacturer of the Canik brand , bought the British company AEI Systems , which produces 30 caliber guns and is one of the 5 companies in the world. With the purchase of 1 billion liras, the company’s large-caliber production power will be created. Samsun Yurt Defense Chairman of the Board Zafer Aral , whom we met during Teknofest events in Samsun, stated that they bought 80 percent of the company and said that Systems produces heavy weapons for aircraft..

Samsun Yurt Defense General Manager Utku Aral stated that the purchasing process has reached the final stage and they are waiting for a license from the UK government, and said, “This is the second factory in England that produces medium caliber. It is the production site of 20, 25, 30 calibers.”.


USA Stating that they will also invest in the USA, Aral said, We are also investing in the USA. We will produce small arms whose import is prohibited. Our production facility of 10 thousand square meters will be finished in March. 50 percent of the production material will go from Turkey . Thus, Turkey” We will also be entering a market that no company can enter,” he said. Explaining that they rank 3rd in the world in pistol exports to the USA, Utku Aral said, “We make 70-80% of Turkey’s annual pistol exports. We exported 100 million dollars. We are exporting 30 million dollars of machine guns.”.


Canik M2 QCB heavy machine gun, which was developed with domestic and national means within the scope of the ” Platform Machine Gun Project ” signed with the
Presidency of Defense Industries, is among the most popular products at Teknofest. According to the information given by Zafer Aral, who explained the development process of the rifle, 450 million TL was spent for this project. 100 million lira of the expenditure went to the bullets used for test purposes. Stating that they have 850 employees, Aral said that 1,500 people work in 52 subcontractors. Stating that they target a turnover of 200 million dollars this year, Aral also noted that they produce parts for Atmaca and Bora missiles..


FOR MECHANICS CANIK also produces auxiliary materials in the field of defense in a wide range from textile products to otic and muffler under the brand ‘Mecanik’. Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benitez is one of the names who wear the company’s Alpha series tactical jacket. Benitez even wore this coat to some official welcoming ceremonies.

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