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Archive for: March, 2011

Turkey Balances Its Ties With West and Islamic World in Libya Operation

Turkey’s position on the unfolding events in Libya has caused a great deal of confusion for observers of Turkish foreign policy. Despite its objections to the use of military force to solve the impending civil war, Turkey has eventually changed course, by agreeing to the transfer of the military operations to NATO command and taking […]

U.S., Italy battle for Turkish helo deal

Italian and U.S. companies are battling for a multibillion-dollar contract to outfit Turkey with next-generation military helicopters. America’s Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and AgustaWestland, owned by Italy’s Finmeccanica, are the final contenders to deliver 109 helicopters for an estimated $4 billion. The number of follow-up orders could eventually rise to 300 and increase the price tag […]

TAI delivers first Turkish F-35 composite part to Northrop Grumman

Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc. (TAI, Ankara, Turkey), a major international F-35 Lightning II supplier to Northrop Grumman Corp. (El Segundo, Calif., USA), reported on March 22 that it has delivered its first composite production air inlet duct for the jet. The delivery of the all-composite duct, a major structural element of the F-35’s center fuselage, […]

Turkey approves new directive on face and arm transplants

Turkish Health Minister approved a new directive on composite tissue transplants, a move which paves the way for face and arm transplants without special permission from the ministry, an official of the National Organ and Tissue Coordination Council said on Monday. Under the directive approved by Health Minister Recep Akdag, high hospital charges of transplant […]

Turkey’s Kurdish party continues civil disobedience campaign

The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), which began a campaign of civil disobedience last week, held a sit-in at Taksim Gezi Park around a small tent they had put up. The group chanted pro-Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) slogans in the second day of this protest, which began on Sunday. A spokesperson for the group read […]

Turkey moves to centralize electronic surveillance

Streamlining Turkey’s intelligence operations and increasing cooperation between the country’s military and civilian intelligence gatherers is under way but will take as long as two years to complete, according to a senior security official. A senior security official said over the weekend that the General Staff had agreed to a proposal from the civilian government […]

Lebanon bracing for perfect storm of crises

Trouble-stricken Lebanon appears to be immune to a “perfect storm” of crises as its region witnesses political turmoil growing day by day. A political vacuum that has hindered the formation of a new government for months, a long-delayed indictment from an international court investigating a high-profile assassination, ongoing weekly protests demanding a secular system instead […]

Turkey to assume control of Benghazi airport

Turkey is assuming control of the Benghazi airport, and sending naval forces to patrol the corridor between the rebel-held city and Crete, as it prepares to join a London meeting on the international response to Libya. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday that Turkey would take control of the airport in order to coordinate […]

Azerbaijan to exhibit defense products in IDEF

On May 10-13, Azerbaijan will be represented in IDEF-2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, the organizing committee of IDEF-2011 exhibition reported. The defense products of Azerbaijan produced in enterprises of Ministry of Defence Industry will be demonstrated in the private stand. Besides, invitations have been sent to Ministry of Defence, State Border Service and Internal Troops to […]

Russia, Norway to hold joint naval drills in May

The Russian Northern Fleet and the Norwegian Navy will conduct the Pomor-2011 joint drills in the Arctic in May, a spokesman for the Northern Fleet said. “The exercise will take place in the Barents and Norwegian Seas, and will include firing of live artillery rounds at simulated surface and aerial targets, anti-submarine warfare drills, anti-piracy […]

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