Turkey’s growing defense industry is a cornerstone of Erdogan’s independent and assertive foreign policy for two core reasons. The industry steers attention away from Turkey’s currency crisis and troubled foreign policy. Tur-key has undermined its traditional allies by purchasing the Russian S400 missile system, pursuing energy ambitions in the Eastern Mediterranean, expanding its sphere of influence in Libya, and pushing Operation Peace Spring which prompted NATO members to impose sanctions on Turkey. Hence, the growing defense industry gives Turkey greater maneuverability in its foreign policy by ensuring less reliance on arms imports and more autonomy.
Turkey’s defense industry has boomed …read more
Source:: The Frontier Post