Canada’s ban on new arms exports to Turkey has been extended indefinitely, Global Affairs confirmed today.
The Liberal government imposed a suspension on the approval of export permits last fall after Turkish forces launched an incursion into northern Syria.
Charles-Marie Matte, deputy director of the export controls division at Global Affairs, said in an email that approvals have been suspended “until further notice.”
The government of Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has insisted the incursion was necessary to create a buffer zone against terrorist forces
Turkey is on a Canadian government list of “trusted” countries where Canadian defence contractors can safely do business and sell sophisticated, restricted weapons.
While some permit applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the revised notification makes it clear that certain military items “will be presumptively denied” to Turkey. In other words, companies with those goods shouldn’t even bother applying for permission to sell them to Turkey.
The items in question include ammunition, light weapons, armour, protective equipment and electronics.
“Exceptional circumstances” related to Canada’s international alliance commitments might see the government consider issuing a permit, the notice said.
An example might be the export of components for “a NATO missile defence system,” Matte said in an email.
Turkey has said it’s willing to buy U.S.-made MIM-104 Patriot air defence missiles system if it gets a good price from Washington.
Turkey’s military products that imported from Canada
Turkey is having problems long years in supplying electro-optical camera systems. Past years Turkey has imported electro-optical camera systems from canadian Wesca company. Even before official embargo Turkey had made various efforts in supplying electro-optical cameras that remained under covered embargo for years and had accelerated its work on the domestic electro-optical camera production
Aselsan developed the CATS system for this need. Later, Aselsan also exhibited ASELFLIR 400 and DASS electro-optic camera systems for this need through its website.
Another important product received from Canada; PT6 turboprop engines that used in Hürkuş training aircraft, manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada and also used in civilian products. These engines, which have different models in the power range from 750 shp to 1250 sph, are widely used in civil and military platforms. It also takes part in different aircrafts in the TSK.
We consider that there will be no problem in the provision of these very common engines.