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Archive for: May, 2011

JF-17 Thunder to Participate in Izmir Air Show in Turkey

It is confirmed that Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder will be participating in the Izmir air show in Turkey along with F-16 fighter jests. Three JF-17 Thunders from the Pakistan Air Force participated in Farnborough Air Show and Zhuhai Air Show last year in order to attract customers. Chinese company CATIC has said that are […]

Turkish Vehicle Firms Bank on Exports

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s flourishing armored vehicle makers increasingly are investing in the development and production of eight- and six-wheel-drive tactical vehicles, mainly for export. “The Turkish armed forces are not scheduled to buy eight-by-eight vehicles anytime soon, but there’s a huge interest by the world militaries to buy such vehicles,” said Serdar Gorguc, general manager […]

Bike bomb wounds 7 in Istanbul

A bicycle bomb wounded seven people including a police officer in Istanbul Thursday, in an attack that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said bore the mark of the main Kurdish militant organization. The blast occurred near a bus stop in Etiler, a residential and shopping district, at the end of the morning rush hour in Turkey’s […]

Raytheon expects $4 billion Turkish missile contract

A US team led by Raytheon is hoping to win the international competition for Turkey’s long-range-missile and air-defense systems. At least $2 billion of the project would be done by Turkish companies locally, says Mike Boots, Turkey Patriot program manager at Raytheon, implying that the price of the US systems could be around $4 billion. […]

Pakistani judges look to Turkey on religious education

Pakistan is looking to the Turkish model of training imams as fears grow that the South Asian country’s current religious education system based on madrassas is geared toward breeding terrorists. Thirteen senior judges from Pakistan concluded a visit Wednesday to Turkey, where they learned about imam-hatip religious vocational high schools and met with Turkey’s top […]

Questions linger over canceled military drills in the Aegean

The last-minute cancellation of two key military exercises, a first for the Turkish military, has filled the capital with speculations as to the reasons behind the decision, which have not been revealed. The idea that the cancellation was made as a unilateral gesture to Greece has, however, been ruled out. Turkish Chief of General Staff […]

AgustaWestland pursues TR light helicopter deal

A leading Italian military aviation firm that recently lost Turkey’s $3.5 billion utility helicopter competition is willing to pursue a similar deal for light utility helicopters against the same U.S. rival, a company executive has said. “We will be available for Turkey if Turkey wants to work with us,” the AgustaWestland executive told the Hürriyet […]

Havelsan’s new UAV mission planning system

Havelsan has developed a mission planning system for small rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and intends to evolve this into a package for a range of UAVs, both fixed- and rotary-wing. Baris Dinç, systems engineering group manager for air command control and management information systems at Havelsan, told Jane’s that the company had used a […]

Another bizarre military decision by the general staff?

The Turkish military’s last-minute decision to cancel two major and costly ongoing national maneuvers was announced on Tuesday evening without further explanation. This has prompted anxiety as well as speculation over the reasons for this cancellation. Since Tuesday evening, when the military posted the decision on its website, the only explanation for the cancellation of […]

Three shipyards set for Turkish LPD tender

Three Turkish shipyards have responded to a request for tender (RfT) to design and build an amphibious landing platform dock (LPD) vessel for the Turkish Naval Forces. Desan Shipyard, RMK Marine and SEDEF submitted their rival proposals to the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) on 16 May. Çelik Tekne and Dearsan Shipyard, which had until […]

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