Turkey to become global player in defense industry: Erdoğan

Turkey to become global player in defense industry: Erdoğan

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey to become global player in defense industry: Erdoğan

Turkey is set to become a global player in the defense industry with its unique designs and advanced technology, Turkey's president said on March 23.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's remarks came at a joint election rally with Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli in the capital Ankara ahead of the March 31 local elections, now just over a week away.     

In 2018, Turkey's aerospace and defense industry exports surged 17 percent.

According to Turkish Exporters Assembly data, the sector's exports topped the target of $2 billion last year, hitting a record high level of $2.035 billion.

With the clock ticking down to local elections set for March 31, Turkey is seeing daily campaign rallies and speeches by candidates and political leaders.       

A total of 12 political parties will compete in the local elections.

Erdoğan, Bahçeli hold joint rally in Ankara
Erdoğan, Bahçeli hold joint rally in Ankara

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish economy, defense industry