Turkey's defensive industry products export reaches to $1 billion
Azerbaijan, Baku, November 12 / Trend, A. Tagiyeva /
The value of export of Turkey's defensive industry products reached to $1 billion at the end of 2010 against $247 million in 2002, Turkish Transportation and Communications Minister Binali Yildirim told journalists on Friday, news agency Anadolu reported.
"Turkey plans to increase the figure up to $5 billion over next 3-4 years," the Minister said.
Turkey soon will take the world's third leading position, after the US and Israel, in terms of production of unmanned aircraft, he noted.
"Production of military hardware is developed well in Turkey. Turkey construed its first unmanned aircraft-ANKA. This is an illustration of capabilities of military production in the country," the official said.
Yildirim noted that Turkey prepares to produce its own tank Altay and war helicopter Atak. Thus, Turkey will decrease importing military hardware shortly, he said.
"Besides, a center for refurbishment of F-16 warplanes has been created in Turkey. The center is specialized in the refurbishment of F-16 warplanes from neighboring countries," the official said.
As compared to 2002 when Turkey met its Armed Force's demand at the expense of domestic production by 25 percent, the figure has now increased up to 52 percent.
Yildirim said Turkey exports its defensive industry products to Malaysia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Pakistan, South Korea, and the Netherlands.