Turkey’s priority in its controversial T-Loramids air and missile defence programme remains technology transfer, the country’s top defence procurement official has stated amid ongoing confusion over the project.

“If Turkey opts for direct purchase of the system then it will be obliged to make new off-the-shelf purchases 15 or 20 years later. We will not settle for this. Our target is to gain national technological capability in the missile project,” Ismail Demir, undersecretary of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), stated during a defence industry exporters conference held in Istanbul on 28 February.

His remarks came amid conflicting statements made by various Turkish government officials on T-Loramids. […]