Canada's Telemus Systems Inc., which imposed an embargo on Turkey in connection with Azerbaijan's use of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against the occupant Armenian army in the war, went bankrupt, APA reports citing a report prepared by the trustee KPMG Inc.
Telemus Systems Inc filed for bankruptcy last August because it lost its primary customer, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), following an arms embargo imposed by the Canadian government in 2020, according to a report prepared by the trustee KPMG Inc.
The company was selling a wide array of electronic intelligence and electronic support systems to the Turkish customer for a military drone known as TAI Anka.
“Despite the company’s repeated attempts to reach a resolution with Global Affairs Canada, including explaining the material adverse impact on the company’s financial situation and solvency, the company’s Turkish export permits remained suspended,” the report said. “As a result of the government sanctions, the company was no longer able to generate any revenue."
A Turkish official said that they had warned Ottawa of the possible fallout of the embargo. “We told them that this would harm both Turkish and Canadian companies,” the official told Middle East Eye. “We hope the new Canadian government will be more long sighted.”
The Canadian government decided in April 2021 to cancel Telemus Systems' existing Turkish export permits as part of the arms embargo against Ankara, dealing the final blow to the company.
The report indicated that Telemus incurred a net loss of $360,000 in 2020 and posted a net loss of $1.1m in 2021, before shutting down its operation on 31 July.