Turkey is pushing toward self-sufficiency in radar and electro-optics technologies, with several programs underway to outfit fighter jets, UAVs and satellites.

A senior procurement official familiar with these programs said Turkey has a policy to support research and development (R&D) and investments in this field. “This is a priority area for us,” he said.

An industry source said that more than US $1 billion in combined R&D spending and business contracts could be invested in the next five years. […]