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Thanks to its advanced technology and experience in the defence industry, BMC, which has close ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), primarily aims at compensating for the demands of the Turkish Armed Forces together with the armies all around the world.

The links tying BMC’s owner, Ethem Sancak, to Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) are well known. Sancak, now himself a member of the AKP’s executive board, is one of the businessmen whose stars rose rapidly since the party came to power in 2002. BMC was taken over by the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey (TMSF) after its former owner, Turkish billionaire Mehmet Emin Karamehmet, ran into trouble in the banking crisis of 2001.

When Sancak acquired the company in May 2014, he faced no competition and paid 751 million lira – 231 million lira under the price originally sought by the TMSF. Weeks later, he sold half of the company’s shares to the government of Qatar. Since then BMC has enjoyed a steady flow of orders from Turkish security forces and many AKP municipalities, which it supplies with armoured vehicles, water cannon and public buses.

The quality standards of BMC products special for the defence industry are guaranteed with the following certificates: “ISO 9001 Quality System” and “AQAP-2110 Quality Assurance Requirements for Design, Development and Production for NATO”. BMC is among the companies categorized under the “Company Manufacturing in NATO Standards”. As a registered company under the NSPA Source Mailing List, BMC takes its place among the companies having permission for the sales of the supplies required by the NATO countries.

BMC Facility has been awarded not only with the “NATO Secret Certificate” but also with the “National Secret Certificate”. “The Production License” of BMC was given by the Turkish Ministry of Defence.

With its highly skilled expertise in engineering and the technological investment to R&D, BMC creates in-house designs for the production of equipments and tools required to build up parts of the vehicles including the chassis, body and axles. All the manufacturing processes of these vehicles (such as the production of the prototypes, the required tests for the functioning, endurance, development and compliance with special needs and military specifications, homologation in accordance with the international regulations and mass production) are performed by BMC.

BMC is producing durable, reliable, economic and environment friendly products presenting the state of the art technology, high quality standards and high performance in compliance with the changing and developing demands of the world.

Thanks to its Research and Development Center, BMC is capable of not only performing the mass production of a new product but also implementing independent studies within its own structure to meet all the requirements and expectations in the defence industry. To provide suitable conditions for minimum operational costs, BMC products offer long term economic service life. With the discipline of perfect configuration management, the military requirements are also fulfilled.

As one of the leading automotive companies providing solutions in both defence and transportation industries, BMC Otomotiv is moving forward to become a global brand via the renewal of its goals. Thanks to its multinational company structure originated by a Turkish-Qatari partnership, BMC Otomotiv has been manufacturing various kinds of vehicles special to the needs of the customers in domestic and international markets.

By developing in-house know-how via its own R&D Center, BMC manufactures buses for public transportation, light and heavy weight trucks for transportation and logictics industry together with the tactical armored vehicles for the defence industry. Operating with a highly skilled workforce including nearly 1300 employees, BMC brings together well designed different types of vehicles with quality, durability and reliability.

Since the first day of its establishment in 1964, BMC has achieved a significant contribution of 10 billion dollars to Turkish economy. Occupying a total area of 200.000 square meters in Pinarbasi Plant, BMC has produced 300.000 vehicles within 52 years. Together with a wide range of products involving configuration vehicles, spare parts, engines and casting pieces, BMC has exported to more than 80 countries which are on the most part members of European Union.

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 20 December 2018 decree turned over the right to operate Turkey’s national tank factory for a 25-year period to the Turkish-Qatari vehicle manufacturer BMC, it marked the first time a military facility of strategic significance had been privatised. Criticism of what had been dubbed the privatisation decree centerd on concerns over national security. The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kiliçdaroglu also demanded to know whether commissions had been set up to ascertain the value of the privatised project, whether the deal had been opened to tender, if so, when, where and to which firms, and if not, why not. But Kiliçdaroglu focused on the presence of a foreign firm in one of Turkey’s most important defence projects, which is responsible for producing Turkey’s homemade new generation Altay tanks. The CHP leader demanded to know the conditions under which the Qatari government had bought its 49.9 percent stake in BMC and whether the Turkish soldiers up to now involved in the Altay tank project would continue to work on the project and take orders from a Qatari firm. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 13 January 2019 inaugurated Turkey’s first fully indigenous motor engine during a groundbreaking ceremony for a privately owned Turkish-Qatari armoured vehicles manufacturer BMC base in the northwestern province of Sakarya. The BMC POWER engine has 600 horsepower and has been designed for the use of armoured vehicles. The 1 billion lira ($180 million) BMC facility located in Karasu is set to become one of Turkey’s biggest defense industry investments in recent years.

The new investment will provide employment for 10,000 people once its all phases are completed, the Turkish president said during the ceremony. “This cooperation is indeed an exemplary step towards the future based on the win-win principle of both countries. From now on, Turkey and Qatar cooperation will continue to strengthen,’’ Erdogan noted.

The company’s investments in wheeled and tracked armored vehicles, laser guns, unmanned armored vehicles (UAVs), diesel engines, high-speed trains, subways and regional trains will be supported by an incentive package announced by the Turkish president April 2018. On 09 Novembe 2018 Ankara signed a multi-billion dollar contract to build the Altay, Turkey’s first domestically-produced tank, with BMC. BMC and its Qatari partners were granted the right to operate a factory that produces all the Turkish military’s tracked vehicles, as well as modernising its Leopard T1 and T2 and M52 tanks and manufacturing other equipment.

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