Defence & Security & Aviation

The Turkish defense, security, aviation and aerospace industries have been undergoing a profound transformation over the past decades. The experience and emphasis on quality is evident among Turkish defense, security, aviation and aerospace companies as they undertake numerous endeavors, create products that are competitive worldwide, and assume important roles in international projects.

The defence & security & aviation & aerospace industry businesses face multifaceted legal challenges in a rapidly changing, fluid and reactive global environment.  The environment is highly competitive, and scrutinized. Compliance with strict liability laws and regulations is a central element of doing business in this environment.  Overlapping and sometimes conflicting jurisdictions heighten risk and require careful balancing of interests.

Defense Sector

Defense Sector companies provide governments with military capabilities across the naval, land, aerospace, and electronic systems domains in support of current and future defense and military requirements. In addition, defense companies work closely with governments as key strategic partners for major military operations around the world. Defense is a complex and challenging sector due to the high development of technology and the large defense contracts that are executed and managed.

Security Sector

Security Sector includes all security sector institutions and structures whose duty it is to protect the society from crime, disorder and violence. This includes: the armed forces and their civilian staff, law enforcement agencies (police, gendarmerie, border management services, customs guards, coastguards, investigations, penitentiary services), commercial security (private sucurity or security companies), and intelligence services, as well as their civilian staff, educational and training establishments and corresponding logistical services. The objective is that the security sector is responsive to public needs and provides security as a public good. The security sector may also be argued to include regulated private entities with highly specified and limited roles related to protection of property and theft prevention.

Operators in the Security Services industry commonly provide guard and patrol services, in-transit cash and valuables protection and investigation and detective services. The industry provides security measures for businesses and public areas that have chosen to outsource security systems rather than take on the logistical burden of protecting their facilities themselves. 

Private security companies

The private and public security industry is a speciality area of law for us. We have a reputation as being the foremost knowledgeable law firm in Turkey regarding private security company matters. Our lawyers represent private security companies, alarm businesses, Private Patrol Operators, electronic surveillance companies, security system monitoring operations, executive protection specialists and all private security-related entities, and corporate security departments.


Over the years, Turkey has also emerged as an ideal place for civil aviation business. In 2018, the number of airline passengers increased to 210.2 million including 97.2 million international passengers, up from 34 million in 2004. The number of civilian aircrafts increased from 626 to 1,404 between 2003 and 2018, with airline fleet size increasing to 515, up from 162.

In the same period, the turnover in civil aviation reached USD 21 billion, up from USD 2.2 billion. Turkey is determined to position itself as a hub for civil aviation. A new airport has been constructed in Istanbul, and it is the largest airport in the world with a capacity of 200 million passengers per year and flights to nearly 350 destinations.


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