After having spent more than $1 billion on satellite programs, the Turks have decided that it is time to spend their resources on local industrial efforts.
They will, however, be prepared to buy foreign know-how in order to build the country’s first indigenous satellite. One senior procurement official said the target date to launch the first Turkish satellite is 2019.
“There may be delays … but the idea to build an overall Turkish satellite will not be reviewed,” the procurement official said.
He said that for the Turkish government the critical criteria to make the satellite was “software, design and platform.”