Turkey is hoping to restructure its local defense industry to have “fewer, bigger” players that would better compete on international markets.

Turkish planners have long been seeking to boost arms exports and now think a better way to achieve that goal is to seek consolidation in the market.

A senior government official said that ideally Turkey should have fewer, but more powerful companies. “One or two leading manufacturers in areas where we plan to specialize will make sure Turkish companies win more international contracts,” he said. […]