Canadian defense company Telemus Systems files for bankruptcy after government ban to export weapon technology to Turkey

OTTAWA – In April 2021, the Canadian government decided to revoke export permits of Telemus Systems Inc. to Turkey. Turkish authorities relied on the Canadian company’s military intelligence technology and electronic support systems for its TAI Anka military drones, produced by Turkish Aerospace Industries for the Turkish army.

The revoking of the technology export permit by its government has now dealt a fatal blow to the company. Telemus Systems Inc. has filed for bankruptcy.

The Canadian government reiterated its commitment to the arms embargo imposed on Turkey which was made in light of Ankara’s military operations in Syria and Azerbaijan, where the Turkish army used the Canadian military technology in drones to target civilian targets, commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. Hundreds of civilians were killed in Syria and in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. Civil infrastructure was destroyed.

Since the embargo, Turkey has sought to intensify pressure for a settlement with the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but export permits to Turkey have remained suspended.

Turkey and Canada are both members of NATO.