Any significant shift toward the United States as a supplier is likely to trigger a backlash from Europe's fragmented defence industry.
A $531billion business, the world's top 100 arms producers have continued to increase sales — despite the global economy contracting due to the pandemic.
Andair, a British aerospace company, says it suspended sending drone parts to Baykar, a Turkish arm manufacturer, on the request of the Armenian embassy.
European demand for fighter jets, missile defences and other weapons is growing fast amid concerns about Russia and Iran.
The exhibition showcasing the state-of-the-art equipment, materials and systems produced in the fields of defence, security, maritime and aerospace industry will continue till May 3 in Istanbul.
Berlin is “losing its commercial credibility” over its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the move is affecting Europe’s “defence industry and ability to fulfill NATO requirements.”
Two Turkish companies, ASELSAN and Turkish Aerospace Industries, were listed in the top 100 world arms producing and military service companies list in 2017, according to SIPRI.
The global market for mercenaries and private military contractors is worth more than $100 billion, and the lines that differentiate the two are blurry.
Paris' sales of arms to Arab countries doubled in 2017, a government reports says, despite lawmakers and rights groups demanding curbs on weapons flow to a region mired in conflict.
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