ANKARA

Over the past year, Turkey took significant steps in its indigenous defense sector, from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to tanks and warships.

Turkey’s state-run and private defense and aviation companies developed, tested, and delivered aerial, naval and land systems during 2019.

In 2019, the country’s leading aviation company Baykar’s Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) — named Akinci — took off for the first time, making Turkey one of four countries able to produce UCAVs.

Another aviation giant, Turkish Aerospace, tested its Aksungur UAV, capable of doing 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour), with the vehicle later entering

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