US defense firm signs deal with Turkey’s Hiscar Auto Industries

JWF Defense Systems, a western Pennsylvania defense firm, has signed a deal with a company from Turkey to help produce armored vehicles that JWF said could be worth $50 million over the next five years.

The agreement announced Tuesday with Turkish company Hiscar Automotive Industries should also add jobs at Johnstown-based JWF, company president Bill Polacek said. JWF employs about 450 workers, while Hiscar is one of Turkey’s largest manufacturers of tractor cabins and construction equipment.

JWF will develop the armor for the four-wheel drive vehicle called the “Turkar,” which is a light-cargo truck. The firms would market the vehicle internationally and develop a version for military use as well.