Turkey is getting close to producing its own engine, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Wednesday.
“Turkey is about to produce a local engine,” Erdogan said, speaking during a special live broadcast on local channel 24 in northern Rize province.
Erdogan’s announcement comes in the wake of his recent remarks on the country’s first indigenous automobile, which is expected to contribute 50 billion euros ($58.7 billion) to the country’s GDP and hit the roads in 2021.
Speaking on Turkey’s local defense industry, Erdogan said his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party has increased production to 65 percent from 20 percent during their time in power. He added the country was now independent from foreign sources.