Turkey's defense industry growing stronger
Erdoğan's dream that Turkey will make all its own military equipment within a few years reflects his ambition to play a greater role in a turbulent region and achieve independence from long-time allies in the west.
One of Ankara's main goals is to completely rid its defense industry of foreign dependency by 2023.
Turkey spends around 18 billion dollars a year on defense with just over half of its equipment made domestically in 2017.
Defense exports rose 18 percent last year to 1.65 billion dollars, and a tank and infantry rifle are nearly ready for mass production.