The Turkish government plans to invest billions in innovative technologies and projects to bolster the capabilities and independence of local industry.

Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said in November that his government would promote plans to establish a “qualified” defense industry site in Kazan, near Ankara, to house hundreds of local and foreign defense and aviation companies.

Construction will begin in 2014 and US $6 billion in investment is planned, according to Lokman Erturk, Kazan’s mayor. He said 30,000 personnel would be employed in an area of 3 million square meters. […]