In just two decades, Turkey has made significant strides in its defense industry, reducing its dependence on foreign investment from 80% to 20%, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. This is reported Anadolu.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the new Altay tanks to the Turkish armed forces for testing, Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized Turkey’s goal of being “fully independent in the defense industry.” He noted that in 2002 the number of defense projects was only 62. Today it has grown to 750. In addition, he spoke about a significant increase in spending on defense projects. In 2002 they amounted to 5.5 billion dollars, now the volume of military spending has reached 75 billion dollars. The President stressed that Turkish military products are used by many armies of the world.
Earlier, Erdogan said that he would not allow the West to drag Turkey into the war. He noted that Turkey’s intentions are to mediate between Kiev and Moscow and help them resolve the conflict peacefully.