Turkey launched its third locally produced corvette Saturday at a high-profile ceremony and has begun the construction of its forth.

Speaking at the launch of the Ada-class corvette, the TCG Burgazada, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country is seeking full self-sufficiency in defense systems by the year 2023, the centennial of modern Turkey.

Officials say Turkey’s local industry meets 60 percent of the military requirements, up from around 25 percent in the early 2000s.

Erdogan said that Turkey would soon “be in a position to make our own aircraft carriers.” […]