ANKARA, Turkey (AP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said his country hopes to increase its defense cooperation with NATO ally Spain by purchasing a second aircraft carrier and possibly a submarine.
Erdogan said Turkey and Spain have already cooperated in building a Spanish assault ship.
âThe first aircraft carrier was not a full-scale aircraft carrier. We have agreed to build a large-scale (transporter), âErdogan said at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
“And maybe we’ll go in (cooperation) for a submarine as well.”
âThere is so much we can do in the defense industry, including (regarding) armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles,â Erdogan said without further details.
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Erdogan and Sanchez previously oversaw the signing of six agreements, covering cooperation in renewable energy, disaster response and sport.
Erdogan, meanwhile, declined to comment on reports that Russia has started transferring technology to Turkey for its S-400 missile defense systems, following the controversial sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Turkey. in 2017.
The United States strongly opposed Turkey’s purchase of Russian technology and excluded Ankara from its F-35 fighter jet program. He also imposed sanctions on several Turkish defense officials.
Washington and other Turkish NATO allies insist the S-400s pose a threat to the F-35 project. Turkey rejects this argument.
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