“Our aim was not to become a subcontractor of international defense industry producers but to create a fully independent Turkish defense industry,” he said, speaking at the Turkish Defense Industry Summit held at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara.
“We stand on our way with the same discipline and determination at every stage; from strategy to original design, infrastructure establishment to technology development, and final product to commercialization,” Varank added.
An innovative step in defense industries may serve as a locomotive in a number of sectors such as electronics, control systems, avionics, metallurgy, petrochemicals and software, the minister stressed.
“We mobilize all our opportunities for the projects that will bring technological superiority to our country,” he said.
He said the achievement was only possible by transforming Turkey into a technology-producing country.
The arms sales of Turkish companies rose by 24 percent in 2017, according to a report released on Dec. 10 by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
The data regarding Turkey include the combined arms sales of the two Turkish companies in the Top 100 lists, namely ASELSAN, which produces electronics, and Turkish Aerospace Industries, which produces aircraft.