Turkey’s defense procurement officials tend to encourage their European counterparts for joint programs like a potential European UAV program.

“Unless we find large-scale joint programs in aviation Europe may tend to lose its attraction as a center of defense industry excellence,” Turkey’s top defense procurement official, Murad Bayar, told Hurriyet Daily News. “We must develop ideas for multinational solutions in aerospace.”

“Europe needs a UAV and we think we are a good candidate with individual countries,” Bulent Batmaca, Anka’s maker TAI’s Market Development Chief, told the Wall Street Journal recently. Batmaca said TAI is also in early stage talks with NATO about possible drone programs. […]