Ankara considers increasing the Turkish Armed Forces’s capabilities a must, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
“We know very well from our bitter experiences that there cannot be a strong Türkiye without a strong army. Increasing the deterrence of the Turkish Armed Forces constitutes a necessity for our country rather than a choice,” Erdoğan said on Wednesday at a ceremony at the Army War College in the capital Ankara.
It is indispensable to have a strong, modern, and disciplined army with high deterrence, he added.
“We have taken many historical steps that will strengthen our army. We literally wrote an epic in the field of defense industry,” Erdoğan said, adding that Türkiye has been elevated to the “top league” in terms of military capabilities.
“Hopefully, we will soon come to the point of selling air defense systems to those who refuse to give us air defense systems on unfounded excuses,” the president said.
Touching on the Türkiye’s indigenous fighter jet KAAN, Erdoğan said: “Hopefully, we will see our aircraft take off before the end of 2023.”