Turkey's defense, aviation revenues reach $8.76 billion in 2018
Speaking at an award ceremony in the capital Ankara, İsmail Demir, the head of Defense Industries Presidency, said Turkey's defense exports also soared by 20% to $2.2 billion during the same period.
"Last year, we spent $1.45 billion for researches and development in the defense field," he said.
Employment in the defense industry sector surpassed 67,000 last year, Demir added.
Underlining the importance of developing and manufacturing original products, he said Turkey will continue its efforts to expand the sector. ■