Turkish exports led by defence; Qatar sales surge

Turkey increased its sales of defence products by 37 percent in the first five months of the year to $1.07 billion, Sabah newspaper reported.

Sales to Qatar jumped by more than 300 percent annually to $123 million. Exports to Oman climbed 40 percent to $101 million, Sabah said.

Turkish defence firms are developing and exporting more weapons including drones and armoured vehicles as the government seeks to strengthen the country’s regional standing.

Defence sales to the United States rose by an annual 21 percent to $326 million, Sabah said.

Turkey, which has the second-largest standing army in NATO, is a supplier of parts to the Lockheed F-35 fighter jet programme, a role now threatened by its planned purchase of S-400 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia.