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Archive for: March, 2012

SSM releases timetable for major projects

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry has disclosed a new five-year strategic plan, which finalizes completion dates for key projects including Turkish-made tanks, aircraft, satellites, destroyers, and helicopters, in a bid to lift the country’s defense industry into a higher league. Altay, the Turkish-made tank project, will be complete by the end of 2015, the […]

MoD: Gov’t will not talk to terrorists

Turkey will not let an armed organization roam freely in its mountains nor will it talk to terrorists, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said on Monday in an interview with Today’s Zaman. Speaking about the government’s recently announced shift of strategy in fighting terrorism, Yılmaz said, “Men with weapons in their hands will not roam our […]

Syrian refugees seek safety in Turkey

A truck comes to a halt on the Syria-Turkey border, a group of refugees from the violence-torn country piles out, and only a barbed wire fence stands between them and freedom. As the 15-odd newcomers anxiously wait for Turkish soldiers to search them and allow them into the sanctuary of a crowded refugee camp, the […]

Turkey sells mini drones to Qatar

In an effort to boost defense industry exports to Islamic states, Turkey has recently sold 10 mini drones to Qatar, a senior procurement official said Sunday. The small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) were exported under a general agreement made during the International Defense Fair (IDEF), which convened in Istanbul May 2011, for the sale of […]

Turkish ex-army chief rejects terrorism charges

A former Turkish military chief accused of leading an Internet campaign as part of an alleged conspiracy to topple the Islamic-rooted government rejected the allegations on Tuesday as “a comedy of incompetence.” On the second day of his trial in Istanbul, Basbug said the charges brought against him were an attempts to discredit the armed […]

Pilot dies in Air Forces plane crash

A Turkish Air Forces pilot was killed yesterday when the plane he was flying in a training flight crashed in the Central Anatolian province of Konya. The pilot was identified as Lieutenant Ümit Özer, 31, who was reported to have joined the Air Forces recently. Konya Governor Aydın Nezih Doğan said Özer was killed when […]

Iran dismisses claims of military site clean-up

Iran on Tuesday dismissed claims it was clearing away traces of suspected nuclear weapons research activities from a closed military site, saying the allegations were “propaganda”. The sprawling Parchin military site, located 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Tehran, “is conducting normal military activities,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in a regular briefing. […]

CIA chief holds talks in Ankara on Syria, PKK

The United States’ top intelligence chief paid an unannounced two-day visit to Ankara to discuss deepening instability in Syria and the joint fight against terrorism. David Petraeus, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), held meetings with top Turkish officials both yesterday and on March 12, the Hürriyet Daily News learned. Petraeus met with Prime […]

Turkish Navy adopts new high-sea strategy

Turkey’s Naval Forces aim to protect lanes of communication on the high seas to assure global maritime security and protect national interests under an austere defense budget as part of its new strategy, a top Turkish Navy commander has said. “Our force planners use strategic decision-making, focusing on sophisticated, modular designs that allow us to […]

Israeli embargo on Turkey hits IAI-Boeing cooperation

Cooperation between Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) unit Elta Systems and Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) to produce airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) is being threatened because the project is due for delivery to the Turkish Air Force, “Defense News” reports. Israel’s Ministry of Defense has instructed Elta to delay delivery of two […]



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