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Serial Production Started in Key Weapon Programs

The head of the under-secretariat for the defense industry, Murad Bayar, has outlined Turkey’s armaments objectives in coming years. This year, Turkey plans to finish tests on several national weapons systems that have been developed and move to the serial production phase. In the next stage, building on that momentum, Turkey plans to increase its […]

Turkey threatens intervention into Iraq

Relations between the Turkish and Iraqi governments have deteriorated sharply. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the head of a Sunni Islam-based religious party, accused his Iraqi counterpart, Nouri al-Maliki, the leader of a Shiite-coalition, of promoting sectarian violence against the Sunni minority in Iraq. Erdogan warned: “Maliki should […]

Blast at military depot in Kırıkkale kills 4

A blast took place at a military ammunition depot in the Central Anatolia province of Kırıkkale on Monday. The explosion occurred in the town of Yahşihan at around 12:43 a.m., and the ensuing fire was extinguished by fire crews. The district governor of Yahşihan, Ahmet Ferhat Özen, told the Anatolia news agency that four workers […]

Turkey awaits key counterterrorism weapons

The Turkish military is slated to acquire several weapons systems to use against terrorists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) this year, one senior procurement official said last week. Italy’s AgustaWestland and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have been collaborating on building the T-129 attack helicopter, a Turkish version of the company’s A129 Mangusta International. […]

Turkey to strengthen national missile force

Shortly after the production of an all-Turkish-made rifle was introduced on Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to beef up its missile defense system, as concerns simmer over the recent flare-up in regional conflicts. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to develop a long-range missile shield which will […]

Turkey’s T-129 attack helicopter prototype P6 maiden flight completes successfully

The first flight, conducted by Turkish Aerospace Industries’ (TAI) test pilots, of the T129 “P6” prototype helicopter has timely and successfully been completed at TAI’s facilities in Akıncı, Ankara, the company said today   The ATAK Program was initiated with the aim to meet the Attack/Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLF) […]

Can police fight the PKK?

Ever since the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government revealed that it will start a new initiative against terrorist groups using police special forces, who were trained to fight against the PKK, a new debate has opened up as to whether the police can really fight against the rural base of the PKK. Former […]

New Turkish charter to be a model for region

Turkey’s new constitution will set a model for regional and other countries that seek the “best-ever charter highlighting universal values of democracy, human rights and rule of law,” according to a senior governmental official. “I believe our new constitution, which will be the newest charter based on universal principles, will make an overwhelming impression on […]

Turkey to raise arms expenses to historic high

By Umit Enginsoy Turkey will spend close to $5 billion for defense procurement this year, the highest in the country’s history, a senior procurement official said on the weekend. “Some major spending items have just started or are starting now, including those for the purchase of [around 100] Joint Strike Fighter jet aircraft [JFSs], submarines […]

Turkey Defense Minister May Up Prominence of Navy

Turkey’s naval programs are expected to gain prominence after the appointment of a maritime expert as the country’s new defense minister, procurement officials said. There may also be a reshuffle of personnel at the procurement office, excluding the top official, Murad Bayar, as well as a flurry of new procurement rules. But they said the […]



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