TURKEY’S aim of a self-sufficient armed forces has been kick-started by a construction of the nation’s first home-grown battle drone.
The huge machine has been created almost entirely using Turkish parts and signals the start of a major push for domestically-sourced military equipment.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his intention to make the country’s army completely self-sufficient by 2023.
This date marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Turkey and will be marked by huge celebrations and ceremonies.
Currently the Turkish army is largely made up of second-hand equipment and parts, something Erdogan is keen to bring an end to.
The drone, which has been nicknamed the Turkish word for ‘National’, is the first of a huge order by Mr Erdogan.
Another 24 drones have been ordered for construction by the Turkish firm Bayraktar, who have close links to the controversial Turkish leader after the son of its founder married Mr Erdogan’s daughter last year.
The drone’s construction comes at a time of heightening tensions in the country as President Erdogan continues to crackdown on opponents and perceived enemies of the state.