Khalek Bayraktar, Chairman of the Administrative Board of the Istanbul Square Society, which specializes in defense and space industries, said that the percentage of domestic defense industries in Turkey has reached 70%, during the past 20 years.
He added that the defense and aviation industries in Turkey meet the country’s needs, coinciding with the continuous increase in Turkish exports in this field, and explained that the rate of increase in Turkish exports from defense industries reached 14% annually.
Bayraktar stated that the percentage of domestic defense industries has increased from 20% to 70% in the last 20 years.
He pointed out that the domestic defense industries projects in Turkey will gain momentum during 2021, driven by the US sanctions imposed on Ankara.
On December 14, the United States imposed sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of the S-400 defense system from Russia, based on the CAATSA Penalization Act, which was signed by the President. Donald Trump, entered into force August 2, 2017.
Turkey is a prominent country
The Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, said last December that his country had succeeded in raising the percentage of domestic production in defense industries to a level that exceeded 70%.
He said at the time that Turkey, while in the past it used to import even an infantry rifle, is today a prominent country producing and exporting weapons.
He explained that Turkey today has become at an advanced level as it designs, produces and exports various weapons systems, especially infantry rifles, warships, frigates, armed and unarmed marches, artillery and missile launchers, ATAK helicopters, and smart ammunition.
The volume of Turkish defense industries reached 11 billion dollars in 2019, while Turkey currently has 700 projects in this sector.
Turkey has made remarkable leaps in defense industry exports; Its exports reached $ 2.2 billion in 2018, an increase of 17% over the previous year, and increased to $ 3 billion by the end of 2019, which is the number that qualified Ankara to occupy the 14th place among the capitals that export the most weapons in the world, according to the report of the Stockholm International Research Institute. Peace “(SIPRI), which also indicated that Turkish arms exports have increased by 170% over the past ten years.