Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan viewed an armored 4X4 Humvee at the International Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul this weekend, and bragged about Turkey’s new “global brand.”
He boasted of his nation’s growing influence in the global arms trade, speaking during the stop at an exhibit hosted by Turkish vehicle manufacturer BMC, according to the Istanbul-based Zaman newspaper.
The only problem was that Erdogan had unveiled the Hurricane, a vehicle that was manufactured jointly with an Israeli firm, Hatehof (the company has since been renamed Carmor (based in the Tzipori Industrial Zone in the Western Galilee), while the vehicle itself was renamed as “Carmine” during the exhibit.
Weighing between nine and 14 tons, the Hurricane seats up to seven people who use it to engage in combat and reconnaissance missions.