The signature policy of Turkey’s outgoing procurement chief of “aggressively going national as much as possible” may gain pace under his successor, but Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authority on major decisions likely will also rise, officials, analysts and industry sources agree.

“Although the new procurement czar is not a total stranger to business, it may take more than a year before he has mature enough knowledge about Turkey’s numerous ongoing programs. There is also the fact that this is a political appointment … [of a bureaucrat] with powerful links with Erdogan and some of his ministers. All that means we will see more of Erdogan’s personal touch on decisions than the new man’s,” said one London-based Turkey specialist.

Erdogan’s government appointed Ismail Demir, formerly general manager of THY Teknik, the maintenance subsidiary of Turkey’s national carrier Turkish Airlines, as new head of the Undersecretary for Defense Industries (SSM) on April 12. […]