Marking the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Turkiye and Hungary, the defence industry has initiated a collaborative effort.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s two-day visit resulted in 17 bilateral cooperation agreements and specific investment in the defence industry. The Defence Industry Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding between the Defence Industry Agency (SSB) and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence was signed by SSB President Professor Haluk Görgün and Hungarian Minister of Defence Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.
In this context, Nurol Makina, which has been producing armoured combat vehicles for the needs of the Hungarian army for a while, has strengthened its activities since 2019.
The joint venture agreement was signed between Hungarian Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky and Oğuz Çarmıklı, Vice Chairman of the Board of Nurol Holding, at the meeting where the SSB President Professor Görgün witnessed. This agreement involves the production of the tactical wheeled armoured 4X4 in Hungary called Gidran due to the specific requirements it meets. The 4X4 vehicle is also produced in Turkiye, and it is called Ejder Yalçın.
In October, Nurol Makina signed a collaboration agreement with Raba Otomotiv, and following the consensus on the details of this agreement, they have now signed a contract to establish a joint venture. The joint venture, coordinated by Raba, Nurol Makina, N7 Holding, and the Hungarian Ministry of Defence, will operate within Raba’s facility in Györ. The focus is on assembling and producing Gidran 4X4 armoured combat vehicles for Hungary with the highest rate of local sources. Additionally, innovative projects for original subsystems and technology development are planned in partnership with Györ Szechenyi Istvan University and Hungarian defence industry firms.
Hungarian Defence Minister shared his views on social media, “Today we welcomed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Minister of Defence Yaşar Güler, President of the SSB Haluk Görgün, and their colleagues to Budapest, to discuss our cooperation in our defence industries, a key sector to the security of the Hungarian people, and a mainstay of the Hungarian economy. The joint venture focuses on producing the Gidran 4X4 armoured combat vehicle, fostering job opportunities and driving technological innovation.”