Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan participated in the ceremony of launching the missile Corvette Kinaliada, held at the Istanbul shipyard. He said that the country must ensure its security.
«We will build its own aircraft carriers. We take pride in building warships for their own projects, including submarines. Such Nations around the world – only ten,» said the head of state.
According to him, the ships of the 14 projects are on the stocks, and another 10 new projects waiting for their turn. Erdogan also recalled the important role of the Navy in the defense of the country, especially taking into account the regional situation.
«By 2030, our defense industry needs to fully meet the needs of Turkey,» the President said, adding that in 2016, defense exports amounted to $ 1.6 billion. In his opinion, this is not the limit.
About plans to build an aircraft carrier Erdogan said in June 2016. Turkey cannot afford to be complacent about the issues of military construction and national defense. The strategic position of our country will not allow it», — said the head of state.