Turkey’s defense exports for the first 11 months of 2014 increased 20 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the national association of exporters.

Turkish defense exports stand at $1.5 billion, official figures from the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly, which were released on Thursday, indicate.

The U.S. was the largest purchaser of Turkish defense hardware, for a total of $508 million. Other major markets were Malaysia at $109 million and the United Arab Emirates at around $87 million. […]