The Turkish government has said that it intends to buy scores of naval assets in the next years, potentially giving a major boost to the country’s flourishing shipyards and their foreign partners.

Under a program dubbed MILGEM (a Turkish acronym for “the national ship”) Turkish shipyards have built two corvettes. The third ship will be launched soon, according to procurement officials. The fourth will be delivered in 2020, with additional orders expected.

Turkey’s top procurement official, Ismail Demir, said that the government will order four more “new generation” corvettes. “These [corvettes] will be more advanced, bigger vessels,” said Demir, head of the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). […]