27 Turkish engineers returned to Turkey from abroad to work on Turkey’s automobile TOGG project. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank answered the questions of deputies about the budget of the ministry at the Parliamentary Plan and Budget Commission. Expressing that Turkey’s automobile is invested in the right technology at the right time, Varank said that the domestic automobile project continues successfully.
THEY COME BACK FROM 12 COUNTRIES
Varank said, “110 business partners were selected in this project, 75 percent of them are companies located in Turkey. 615 people work in this project. With the TOGG project, 27 very successful engineers returned to Turkey from abroad. Turkey’s car will be serialized at the end of 2022. It will be off the production line,” he said. Turkish engineers, who were included in the domestic automobile team from abroad, came from 12 countries. It was stated that the engineers came from Germany, USA, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, Kazakhstan, UAE, England, Iraq, China and the Netherlands and started working on the project.
FIVE TIMES SAVINGS WITH LOCAL UAV
Varank said, “In the state of the Republic of Turkey, Baykar is one of the companies that currently produces the most in high-tech areas and produces added value. If it were not for the unmanned aerial vehicle systems produced by Baykar, we would be able to buy unmanned aerial vehicle systems in Turkey 5 times that now. Baykar also derives 85 percent of its revenues from exports.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS
Giving information about the domestic vaccine studies, Varank reminded that there is not only an inactivated vaccine in Turkey, but a VLP-based vaccine study, which is a new technology. Varank said, “I also volunteered for the vaccine. We need volunteers. You can develop the vaccine, but if you can’t have enough volunteers in Phase-1, Phase-2 and Phase-3, if you can’t find enough volunteers, these vaccines will not have a chance to reach results.”
UAV WILL BE ON THE MOON IN 2023
He stated that in this year’s investment program, they allocated a budget of 1.89 billion liras to the National Space Program. Varank, “Turkey’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), we intend to meet the moon at the end of 2023, at the same time we intend to send a Turkish human into space. We will work on this,” he said.