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Nigeria shows interest in T-129 gunship

Nigerian pilots posing in front of a T-129 ATAK at a public display in Turkey.

It couldn’t fare too well against US counterparts in South Korea and the bid in Poland remains iffy, but Turkey’s T-129 attack helicopter can soon find its first export customer in Africa, the old continent. According to reports coming directly from Nigeria as well as leaks from the IDEF’15. a popular international defense industry fair, […]

Aselsan Reveals AKKOR Active Protection System for Armored Vehicles

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Turkish military electronics giant Aselsan has unveiled a new active protection system, dubbed AKKOR (short for Aktif Koruma) at the IDEF’15 international defense fair in Istanbul. The system is intended primarily to provide Turkey’s indigenous Altay tanks with a hard-kill self defense capability, but it can also be used aboard AIFVs, APCs and other armored vehicles. AKKOR features […]

‘Insanity’ during guard duty: 3 soldiers dead

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soldier who became “insane” killed three soldiers with his infantry rifle late on Thursday in Turkey’s eastern province of Ağrı, according to a statement by the Ağrı governorship. According to the statement from Ağrı governorship, three soldiers were killed in Agrı’s Doğubeyazıt town. An investigation is under way, the statement said.

Gendarmerie officer arrested in MİT truck case

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On Thursday, Turkish Gendarmerie officer, who tipped off the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks for allegedly carrying ammunition inside Syria, has been arrested. According to the statement by the public prosecutor of Adana, the noncommissioned officer identified only by the initials H.A. faces charges of “obtaining and revealing information that was supposed to be kept […]

Turkish and French companies in joint missile development

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Turkey is pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms over its first long-range missile defence system, as the preferred Chinese bidder has yet to meet all requirements for the multi-billion dollar project, two officials said on Thursday. NATO member Turkey chose China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp in 2013 as the preferred […]

Turkish civilian firearm sales up 640%

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Annual firearm sales to civilians in Turkey have increased by 639% since 1997, a report by Turkey’s Association for Defence Industry Manufacturers (SASAD) revealed. These figures cover only licensed, registered firearms, a statement underlined. There are currently an estimated 28 million firearms in the hands of civilians in Turkey, of which only a little over […]

Turkish Vipers Hunt in German Skies

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Turkish Air Force has sent five F-16s to attend NATO’s JAWTEX-2014 (Joint Air Warfare Tactical Exercise-2014) drills that take place in northern Germany. Exercises include participants from Austria, France, Finland, The Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Norway, Slovenia, Greece and other NATO aerial elements. Over 4,500 soldiers are attending the event that will last until May […]

Why Turkey May Not Buy Chinese Missile Systems

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Another deadline came and went at the end of April without a decision in Turkey’s drawn out effort to purchase a surface-to-air missile (SAM) with anti-missile capabilities. The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced its intention to purchase the Chinese HQ-9 system in September 2013. However, the bidding deadline has subsequently been extended three times, with […]

Hersh Links Turkey to Benghazi, Syria and Sarin

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A recent report by journalist Seymour Hersh claims to uncover new information about the U.S. and Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Combined with Turkey’s shutdown of YouTube and Twitter over rumors of government corruption, Hersh’s allegations further condemn the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan for political and military manipulation. Yet the sins of […]

Turkey may scrap Chinese missile deal

Turkey, which had provisionally awarded the US$3.4 billion missile defence system contract to China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp, may begin seeking other offers. Photo: Reuters

Chinese military experts blast Ankara, saying the US$3.4 billion defence contract was dropped due to pressure from US and NATO. A Chinese firm has not met all the conditions set in a tender to build a missile defence system for Turkey, officials in Ankara said on condition of anonymity. Turkey, which had provisionally awarded the […]



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