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Archive for: February, 2011

Turkey to send three frigates to escort evacuation ships

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal has said that Turkey prepared three more frigates to escort the ships which were sent to Libya to evacuate Turkish citizens back to home. Unal said on Thursday that the number of Turkish nationals, who were brought back to Turkey from Libya by air and sea ways, was 7,062 […]

Gaddafi blames turmoil on al-Qaeda

Muammar Gaddafi blamed a revolt against his rule on al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on Thursday and said that as Libyan leader he only had “moral authority”. Gaddafi, speaking by telephone to Libyan television, offered his condolences for those who were killed in the bloodshed and called for calm amongst people he said were […]

NATO delays returning Turkish coup case officers

Three Turkish officers stationed abroad will not return home to face trial for involvement in an alleged coup plot until NATO evaluates the matter or they stand down from their positions, according to reports. The three suspects in the “Balyoz” (Sledgehammer) case are on duty at NATO bases and have not been able to return […]

Alleged spying, blackmail ring within Turkish military on trial

Tens of thousands of documents regarding national security and military secrets were obtained by an espionage ring via blackmail over alleged sexual indiscretions, according to an indictment accepted Wednesday. The case was originally an investigation into a suspected prostitution racket but increasing evidence forced authorities to expand their inquiries into allegations of blackmail and spying. […]

Turkish PM requests expansion of military retirement bill

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has requested the expansion of a bill granting military officers expelled from the armed forces the right to retire with benefits. The bill, approved by Parliament’s National Defense Commission on Feb. 16, covers officers who were expelled from the military by Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, decisions; it did not […]

Aselsan teams up with Thales for FAC missile upgrades

Turkey’s military electronics giant Aselsan has teamed with Thales and fast boat builder Yonca-Onuk to develop a compact shipborne launcher system for its Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) collateral precision weapon. Designed to give fast interceptor craft increased punch, the LMM Missile Launcher System (MLS) combines a two-axis gyrostabilised turret accommodating four ready-to-launch LMM missiles, an off-mount stabilised […]

Russia, India to codevelop new 5th-gen fighter

During the recent visit of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in December, a number of important agreements were signed, including a memorandum of understanding for preliminary design of the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), signed between Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), and Russian companies Rosoboronexport and Sukhoi. The aircraft, to be jointly developed by HAL and […]

Malaysia to buy 257 advanced IFVs from Turkey

Turkey’s armored vehicle giant FNSS Defence Systems, Inc. has signed a $600-million contract with the government of Malaysia to provide the Malaysian military with 257 PARS  infantry fighting vehicles (IFV). “PARS was named after an indigenous Turkish wild cat and it is a new generation IFV that features superior mobility, ballistic protection and payload capapacity,” said Mr. Nail […]

Turkish-Russian cooperation can ‘change Karabakh status quo’

From an interview with Ilhan Tanir, a columnist for Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News and Washington correspondent for the Vatan daily: Can you tell us briefly about your paper at the conference on the South Caucasus, Caspian region and Turkish policy, organized in Washington by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies? The underlining premise of my […]

Azerbaijan has second highest military expenditure in CIS

Azerbaijan’s defence spending is second only to Russia’s within the Commonwealth of Independent States. “Azerbaijan is preparing for military actions, spending record resources, and not just in CIS terms, on the purchase of military hardware and development of the army and navy,” journalist Vladimir Mukhin wrote in Russian newspaper Nezavsimaya Gazeta. “Military expenditure in Azerbaijan […]

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