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Is Turkey lacking partners for its defense programs?

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The development of the Turkish defense industry has been one of the strategic objectives of President RT Erdogan since he came to power in 2003. As such, he has granted very significant tax advantages to investors engaging in this way, and often mobilized significant public funds to put in place the necessary industrial infrastructure. Obviously, such investments required commensurate results. And in recent years, Turkish industry has become more and more visible at international defense exhibitions, to the point of beginning to be considered very seriously as a potential competitor by players in this sector.

Among the flagship programs of this industry is the MILGEM naval program intended to replace the surface combatant units, corvettes, frigates and destroyers of the Turkish Navy, but also helicopter programs such as the T-129 Attak, the drones of combat like the Bayraktar TB2, as well as the Altay battle tank. All this equipment was presented as the fruit of Turkish engineering, both on the national and international scene.

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Fabrice Wolf
Fabrice Wolf
A former French naval aeronautics pilot, Fabrice is the editor and main author of the site. His areas of expertise are military aeronautics, defense economics, air and submarine warfare, and Akita inu.

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