Turkey’s top defense procurement decisions, put on a de facto hold due to pre-election political turmoil, will resume in the next few months after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan finished a reshuffling of procurement and industry bureaucracy, officials and analysts agree.
Erdoğan must and will start by appointing a new procurement chief. Murad Bayar, head of the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), was removed from office only days before the local polls on March 30, to be appointed as chief adviser to Erdoğan.
Defense industry sources said Erdoğan would chose Bayar’s successor from among a few candidates. They say front-runners include a senior Istanbul municipality official and a Turkish Airlines executive. That appointment may be followed by further reshuffling within SSM, sources said.