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Egyptian Chief of General Staff Visits TUSAŞ Facilities

Egyptian Chief of General Staff Visits TUSAŞ Facilities

Egyptian Chief of General Staff Lt. General Osama Aksar has visited TUSAŞ’s facilities and held a meeting with the staff. Osama Aksar and his delegation inspected TUSAŞ’s HÜRJET advanced trainer/light combat aircraft on the ground and attended a flight demonstration. Aircraft like HÜRJET are becoming a common sight in the Middle East and Africa thanks to providing both training and optionally light attack capabilities at significantly lower costs compared to full-sized fighter jets. Currently, Czechoslavakia with L-39, China with JL15 and FTC-2000G are among the major players in the region. TUSAŞ has previously attended the EDEX 2023 exhibition in Egypt, and an agreement for cooperation was signed with the Aircraft Factory of the Arab Organisation for Industrialisation. Additionally, in February 2024, Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan announced the completion of an agreement to provide Egypt with UAVs. Following the end of the 10-year tension between Turkiye and Egypt, the Joint Declaration on the Restructuring of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council Meetings was signed between the two countries. The declaration also included information on cooperation in the military and defence industries. Egypt and Türkiye severed ties in 2013 after Sisi, Egypt’s then-defence minister, led a military coup and took control of the country. He went on to win the presidential election in 2014. However, relations began to improve in 2021 when a Turkish delegation visited Egypt to discuss normalisation. Erdogan and Sisi shook hands in Qatar in November 2022, marking a new chapter in their relationship.

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