President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that Turkey would eliminate its dependency on external suppliers for its defense industry.

In a speech at the inauguration ceremony of the Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology Center, launched by Turkey’s leading state-owned defense system producer, ASELSAN, in Ankara, Erdoğan said: “We plan to eliminate external dependency on defense equipment supply with ongoing projects and investments by 2023. We will not allow the use of any ready defense equipment without our being involved from design to production,” Erdoğan said.

ASELSAN’s $157 million new facility in Ankara’s Gölbaşı district will employ more than 1,200 people, including 776 engineers, who will work on the development of radar and electronic warfare systems for land, air, sea, aerospace and unmanned platforms. […]