Turkish military delegation tours Army Research Laboratory

March 09, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs

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  • Turkish Air Force Brig. Gen. Yavuz Çelik, defense and air attaché with the Ministry of National Defence, and eight other delegation members met with leaders of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and key Army scientists.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Feb. 17, 2016) -- A group of Turkish military officials met with U.S. Army Research Laboratory leaders and toured facilities here Feb. 12.

Turkish Air Force Brig. Gen. Yavuz Çelik, defense and air attaché with the Ministry of National Defence, and eight other delegation members met with leaders of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and key Army scientists.

The purpose of the visit was to "become familiar with the mission and structure of ARL and identify potential areas for collaborative research and development," according to a statement.

Dr. Laurel Allender, director of the ARL Human Research and Engineering Directorate, told the group about the laboratory and its technical campaigns.

During visits to the Weapons and Materials Research and Vehicle Technology directorates, the group learned about polymer composites, engine performance, combustion sciences and tribology (the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion).

Turkey has been a NATO ally since 1952 and "continues to be an important security partner for the United States and Transatlantic alliance," according to a U.S. State Department fact sheet. "The U.S.-Turkey partnership is based on mutual interests and mutual respect and is focused on areas such as regional security and stability, as well as economic cooperation."

The delegation also visited the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, or DARPA, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Navy Research Laboratory and the Army Research Institute. According to a statement, the Turkish Ministry of Defence is "looking for ways to establish an R&D organization similar to the U.S. defense laboratories."


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: March 9, 2016