A top procurement meeting of Turkey’s government and military leaders Jan. 7 produced several critical decisions, but officials and analysts agree a move to further efforts to build the country’s first indigenous fighter aircraft was most important.

Turkey’s Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) gathered last week — its first meeting chaired by Ahmet Davutoglu, who became prime minister in August.

Other members are Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Chief of Military General Staff Gen. Ncdet Ozel and chief procurement official, Ismail Demir, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). […]