Turkish interest in precision strike has increased sharply in recent years with local industry steadily becoming more active in providing those capabilities.

“Countries like Turkey facing multiple conventional and asymmetrical threats at the same time in a relatively large and unstable geography must economize militarily and financially unless they spend tens of billions in armament,” one senior officer at the Turkish military’s doctrine unit said. “And Turkey is not one of those spending-rich countries.”

This underscores a pressing need for smart, precision strike, a procurement official said.