Türkiye reduces defense industry's foreign dependency to 20% in 2 decades: President Erdogan
Speaking at the delivery ceremony of new Altay tanks to the Turkish Armed Forces for tests in the northwestern Sakarya province, Recep Tayyip Erdogan highlighted Türkiye’s goal to be “fully independent in the defense industry.”
“We have reduced the foreign dependency in the defense industry from around 80% to some 20% in such a short time as 20 years. The number of defense projects, which was merely 62 in 2002, has today surpassed 750,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish leader also said that while Türkiye's total budget for defense projects was $5.5 billion in 2002, now it has reached a $75-billion project volume, including the ones in the bidding process.
“This is how each of our UCAVs (unmanned combat aerial vehicles) -- which stand out all across the world today -- and our armored land vehicles, warships, frigates, and missiles, as well as other systems, which are greatly admired, have emerged," he added.