Briefing on Turkey’s defence industry


08 February 2018

Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish militants in Syria is testing the country’s military capabilities and putting a spotlight on its domestic defence industry

  • Operations in Syria are posing a challenge to the Turkish Armed Forces, where they face a complex modern conflict
  • Turkey has struggled to upgrade its military capacity through its traditional security partners, and is therefore investing in its domestic industry while deepening defence relationships with other nations
  • By developing a series of indigenous defence programs, Turkey aims to be militarily self-sufficient by 2023, an ambition driven by both strategic realism and domestic political priorities

Over the last decade, Turkey has taken significant steps to upgrade its military capacity by replacing Cold War era stock with new technology. In doing so, the government has sought to invest in its domestic defence industry and move away from a dependence on external procurement, which has traditionally come through NATO…

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