In a recent analysis titled “Turkiye’s Journey Towards Global Arms Exports,” the Science and Politics Foundation (SWP) of Germany sheds light on Turkiye’s growing prominence in the defense industry. The report suggests that Turkiye’s indigenous defense products are gaining attention worldwide.
Authored by experts from SWP’s Applied Turkiye Research Center (CATS), the analysis examines Turkiye’s strides in defense production and the implications for Western governments. Notably, the report discusses Turkiye’s interest in procuring 40 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets, signaling a potential shift in Ankara’s defense strategy.
Jens Bastian, a key contributor to the analysis, underscores the significance of Turkiye’s defense exports and their impact on regional geopolitics. He emphasizes that Turkiye’s involvement in global arms trade not only strengthens its ties with Western military systems but also underscores its commitment to strategic autonomy.
The report also highlights Turkiye’s recent success in arms exports,reaching a record high of $5.5 billion in the previous year. This achievement, the report suggests, is a testament to Turkiye’s growing influence in the international defense market.
Furthermore, the analysis points out Turkiye’s rapid advancements in defense technology, citing the widespread use of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones in various conflict zones, including Syria, Libya, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Overall, the SWP analysis paints a picture of Turkiye as an emerging player in the global defense industry, with its indigenous capabilities and strategic ambitions reshaping the dynamics of international arms trade.