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2016: Turkey’s defense purchases to reach $8 billion

Turkey will spend up to $8 billion in defense purchases as its exports will reach $2 billion in 2016, four years from now, according to a major estimation by the procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM). The present figures are around half of that. The expectations in the SSM’s updated 2012-2016 strategic program […]

Sex for military secrets

How does a prostitute make an officer reveal military secrets? Rather easily, according to evidence assembled against a group of Turkish officers who allegedly ran a sex-for-secrets ring. The prostitute “accidentally” drives into the targeted officer’s car, seduces him, secretly films him in the act, and blackmails him. At least 80 people, 60 of them serving […]

Turkey: A paradox of secular and Islamic

Turkey is a paradox: it is secular and Islamic, modern and traditional, wants to be Western – yet tends to looks eastwards. But whatever Turkey is doing, it seems to be working. Last year, Turkey emerged as a source of inspiration for countries in the Middle East during the Arab Spring; the country is now […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

NATO ‘to base missile shield command in Germany

BRUSSELS – NATO will locate the command centre for its US-led missile shield at the alliance base in Ramstein, Germany, a diplomat told AFP on Thursday. “The command for the NATO missile shield will be based at the NATO base in Ramstein,” the diplomat said on condition of anonymity. The centre will be operational following […]

Iran develops laser-guided artillery rounds

Tehran —  Iran has developed laser-guided artillery rounds designed to home in on stationary or moving targets at a distance of up to 12 miles, Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi told state media Jan. 30. State television showed images of artillery being fired, saying it showed the precision-guided ammunition in action. No details were given on […]

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 […]

Israeli Paper: Turkey May Fund HAMAS

Turkey may reportedly replace Hamas’ chief financier, Iran, to alleviate the Gaza ruling party’s financial pain as it has faced difficulty in receiving aid from the Islamic republic. Israeli daily Haaretz quoted Turkish sources on Saturday that stated Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh conveyed his party’s financial difficulties to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]



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