CEFTUS briefing on developments in the Turkish defence industry 

13 December 2018

Turkey’s defence industry is growing in strategic significance

  • Turkey has stepped up efforts to develop its domestic arms industry with a series of initiatives including a new national space programme
  • The move comes as Turkey seeks to bolster its influence as an independent regional actor, taking a more assertive stance on several geopolitical fronts
  • Ankara’s growing difficulty in securing arms deals through traditional sources has spurred the turn towards indigenous production

Turkey has the second biggest army in NATO alliance, but remains largely reliant on technology from the Cold War era. As the Turkish military looks to replace its increasingly outdated hardware, the government has sought to place a greater emphasis on domestic production. On December 13, a presidential decree set out a 100-day plan for a new…

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