Turkey’s defense and aviation exports reached approximately $1 billion, USA ranked first

While defense and aviation industry products were exported from Turkey in the first 4 months of the year, approximately $1 billion, the USA took the first place in sales with $386.1 million.

According to the information compiled from the Ministry of Commerce and the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly, the country’s April exports increased by 109% compared to the same period last year, reaching $18.8 billion. This was recorded as the highest April export figure of all time. In the January-April period, Turkey’s exports amounted to $68.8 billion.

During the period in question, it was observed that Turkey’s defense and aviation industry product exports increased regularly over months. In the sector, exports of $166 million 997 thousand in January, $233 million 225 thousand in February, $246 million 973 thousand in March and $302 million 549 thousand in April were made.

Thus, the exports of defense and aviation industry products increased by 47.7% in the first four months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year, reaching $949 million 744 thousand. In the first 4 months of last year, $642 million 870 thousand of exports were made in the sector in question.

When the distribution of exports from the defense and aerospace industry by countries was analyzed, it was seen that the USA ranks first. In the January-April period, exports to the USA in this area increased by 56% compared to the same period last year and reached $386 million 113 thousand.


In the said period, Azerbaijan, with an export of $117 million 315 thousand, took the second place after the USA. Last year, armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles produced by Turkey played an effective role during the operation in which Azerbaijan liberated its territories from the occupation of Armenia in the Karabakh War.

Turkey’s defense and aviation industry exports to Azerbaijan in 4 months of the year increased by 1234% compared to January-April last year. In the same period of last year, $8 million 795 thousand were exported to this country.

Following these countries, the United Arab Emirates with $90 million 299 thousand, Bangladesh with $57 million 827 thousand and Germany with $50 million 14 thousand were ranked in the said export.


Istanbul was recorded as the province with the highest exports of defense and aerospace products in the January-April period. During this period, exports from the city increased by 86.8% on an annual basis and reached $387 million 547 thousand.

This province was followed by Ankara with $204 million 490 thousand, Konya with $131 million 732 thousand, Eskisehir with $88 million 739 thousand, and Izmir with $39 million 663 thousand.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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