Turkey is setting its sights on the ambitious target of producing its own local fighter jet to become “fully independent” in its ground, naval and air defense, National Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz has said.

“We manufacture our own ships and all of our land vehicles, including tanks. We also manufacture our own helicopter and training jets. Another thing we are planning is producing a fighter jet,” the minister told state-run Anadolu Agency on Dec. 14.

Yılmaz said Turkey’s main target is being able to produce its ground, naval and air defense arms domestically and manufacturing a local fighter jet would complete the missing part. […]