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Otokar excites again with Tulpar IFV

Turkey’s vehicle manufacturing powerhouse Otokar has unveiled a new 35 ton armored infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at the IDEF 2013 international defense industry fair. Appropriately named ‘Tulpar’ after the Turkic mythological horse with wings that protects warriors in battle, the vehicle is operated by a crew of three (driver, gunner and commander) and can transport a squad of nine fully […]

UMTAS sets the bar high for Turkey’s new weapons

Hardly a day passes without a Turkish defense company proudly announcing that it has designed, developed and produced a weapon system the country would normally buy off-the-shelf from a foreign supplier. The most recent  indigenously developed Turkish weapon  is an anti-tank missile, the UMTAS. Turkish military officials are anxiously awaiting the first serial production and […]

Navy, MIT join forces for new intelligence vessel

Turkey’s navy and national intelligence organization MIT have agreed to jointly procure a high-tech ship for collecting electronic intelligence from newly arising regional threats in the Eastern Mediterranean. Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, or SSM, has been tasked for launching a local tender for the construction of the new ship using Turkey’s indigenous capabilities to their fullest extent. […]

Diplomacy on Syria tilts toward Moscow

The epicenter of world diplomacy related to solving the Syrian crisis has begun to shift toward Moscow, as multiple diplomatic visitors converge on the Kremlin, beginning with U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan, followed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The busy schedule of visits can be seen as an extension of last week’s […]

Past grievances no obstacle to better ties: Armenians

Although Armenian politicians in their initial statements about the possibility of normalization of this country’s strained relations with Turkey following the parliamentary elections last Sunday were not upbeat, most people continue to expect to see an improvement in the troubled relationship between the two countries, urging Turkey to open its border with Armenia. Sagis, a […]

Cobra to be produced in Kazakhstan

Cobra armored infantry fighting vehicle is expected to be produced in Kazakhstan, a close ally with whom Turkey shares cultural, historic and linguistic ties. Otokar, producer of the Cobra IFV and Kazakhstan Engineering has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the production of an undisclosed number of Cobra vehicles. According to the agreement, a new […]

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 […]

Israel bags $1.6 billion weapons deal with Azerbaijan

  Israeli military officials say the Tel Aviv regime plans to sign a major arms deal worth USD 1.6 billion with Azerbaijan. The officials said on Sunday Israel Aerospace Industries will sell “drones, anti-aircraft and missile defense systems worth USD 1.6 billion” to Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Israeli media said Angolan Finance Minister Carlos Alberto Lopes has […]

Turkey-Iran rivalry in Iraq?

“The U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq is reordering political dynamics not only in Baghdad but also in the broader Middle East. Nature abhors a vacuum, and a number of actors are seeking to fill the outsized role that America has played in Iraq over the last eight years.” says Sean Kane in his report ‘The […]

Turkish military growth concerns Russia

Turkey is a traditional partner, and even more traditional rival at Russia’s southern borders. This 70,000,000-strong country is part of NATO, and the Turkic and Muslim people in Russia are the subject of Turkish “courtship.” Russia should be concerned about the strengthened power of the Turkish army that is already one of the top ten […]



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