Berlin aerospace expo to open with Turkey as partner

BERLIN - The International Aerospace Exhibition for 2014, which combines a major aerospace and defense industries trade exhibition with a public airshow, is set to open in Berlin.

About 1,200 exhibitors from 40 countries are scheduled to present advanced technology and hi-tech products from every sector of the aerospace industry at the biennial ILA Berlin Air Show, which runs from 20 to 25 May, in the German capital.

The fair is expected to host more than 250,000 visitors and will be opened on Tuesday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication, Lutfi Elvan.

Turkey is the official partner country for the show organized by the German Aerospace Industries Association and Messe Berlin GmbH.

- Turkish exhibitors increase

The number of Turkish exhibitors has increased continuously at the show since they began taking part in 2008.

Turkish companies including Turkish Aerospace Industries, Roketsan, Havelsan, Tubitak, the Space Technologies Research Institute, Turkish Airlines, FIGES Engineering and Defence and Aviation Cluster, and the Aerospace Clustering Association will present their industrial capabilities and development work over an exhibition area of 736 square meters. 

Since the introduction of the partner country concept, previous ILA partner nations have included Russia in 2006, India in 2008, Switzerland in 2010 and Poland in 2012.

Established in 1909, the exhibition claims to be the world's oldest air show, and is among the largest and most important aerospace trade fairs. 

The main display sections planned for 2014 include commercial air transport, space, military aviation, helicopters and both civil and military unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAVs.

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