Turkey may buy aircraft carrier, submarine from Spain

Turkey has agreed to purchase an aircraft carrier from Spain, while talks continue over a submarine deal, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday.

Spain played a key role in the development of Turkey’s flagship TCG Anadolu, an amphibious assault ship adapted for light aircraft, and Erdoğan said an agreement had now been reached for a larger carrier.

“The first aircraft carrier was not a large-scale one. We have agreed on the construction of a large scale (carrier),” the Turkish president said at a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, according to the Associated Press.

“And perhaps, we will also enter (cooperation) for a submarine,” he added. “There is so much we can do in the defence industry, including armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles.”

In March, Turkey said it would be adapting the TCG Anadolu to carry domestic-made armed drones after being removed from the U.S.-led programme to produce next-generation F-35 fighter jets.

However, experts say the plan is fraught with difficulties as Turkey’s drones currently lack the vertical take-off capabilities necessary for integration with the light carrier.

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