Turkey’s newly appointed procurement chief has signaled that the country’s offset system, which has often unnerved foreign contractors, might be rethought.

“Even the mention of the word ‘offset’ annoys foreign companies. We should perhaps design contracts [with foreign contenders] based on different solutions instead of offsets,” said Ismail Demir, who was named last month as the new head of Turkey’s procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).

Foreign companies have welcomed the proposal. […]