Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) signed a cooperation agreement with Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) on Wednesday to develop space and satellite projects.
Turkish defense giant TAI and SUPARCO will carry out joint studies on electric communication satellites and other space projects within the scope of the agreement.
“We have signed a cooperation deal with the SUPARCO to develop satellite projects. We wish good luck for the two countries,” said TAI in a statement on Twitter.
In Dec. 2019, TAI opened its first office in Pakistan at the country’s National Science and Technology Park.
Speaking at the Satellite Technologies Week held in December, TAI CEO Temel Kotil said that they are looking for new customers for the SmallGEO satellite, a telecommunications satellite platform that works with an electric propulsion system.
“It looks like we found a customer, but we don’t share it because it has not been finalized. If it does, we will build three more satellites. A fourth customer also showed up. When these are finalized, we will reach five satellites in total,” said Kotil, adding that if TAI made these satellites in three or four years, Turkey would be able to achieve a good figure in satellite exports.
Turkey inked its first satellite export deal with an Argentinian company in August at the International Defense Industries Fair (IDEF) held in Istanbul.
Recently, TAI also signed a memorandum of understanding on space and satellite systems with El Salvador during President Nayib Bukele’s Turkey visit last week.
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