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Turkey mulls withdrawing from Ottawa Treaty

Turkey is contemplating reintroducing ‘offensive anti-personnel mine warfare’ as part of its military doctrine, according to an Istanbul-based MoD source familiar with the development. A cost-benefit analysis performed by the country’s Land Forces Command, which features the second largest number of boots in the NATO, reportedly concluded as early as 2015 that “actively using anti-personnel […]

Turkey Reveals New Chapter On Missile Defence

Bloomberg’s Selcan Hacaoglu broke the news on Thursday, July 13, that the governments of Turkey and Russia have reached an agreement to supply the Turkish Air Force with the Russian S-400 missile defense system, effectively adding Turkey –a NATO member– to a privileged basket of Russian S-400 customers that until now only included China and […]

Rebel defeat in northern Syria cripples Turkey’s plans

It is no longer a secret that when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had his series of meetings with top American officials in Washington last month, he had a specific plan to kick DAESH out from northern Syria. Erdoğan tried to convince the American leadership to give another shot to Syrian Arab groups near Azaz and […]

Japanese stealth fighter goes airborne

Japan’s first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies on Friday as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. Technological super power Japan, despite strict constitutional constraints on the use of military force imposed after World War II, has one of the world’s most advanced defense forces […]

Aselsan and Roketsan work on national air defense

National Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said that works on the HİSAR national air defense system are continuing at full speed. The HİSAR project, expected to be finished by 2020, was initiated after Turkey cancelled a bid with China for a long-range air defense system. Yılmaz said that the decision was made after Turkey changed objectives, […]

Roketsan to Unveil Guided 122mm Rockets

Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan is preparing to unveil a guided version of its popular TR-122 Sakarya multiple launch rocket system (MLRS), TR Defence sources confirmed on Tuesday. The new version has the same range, composite rocket engine and warhead options as its unguided twin but also features a new passive laser seeker that allows the […]

PKK: A wolf in sheep’s clothing

On July 11, the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella organization that includes the PKK, issued a written statement to unilaterally end the two-year cease-fire citing public projects, including the construction of dams, in southeastern Turkey. Several days later, a member of the KCK Executive Committee called on PKK militants to take up arms against […]

6 PKK terrorists killed in SE Turkey

Six PKK terrorists have been killed on Wednesday after an attack was launched by the group on a gendarme command in the Bitlis province. Four soldiers were also injured during the clashes with the PKK group. The PKK terrorists initiated an armed attack on Hizan district’s gendarmerie command on Wednesday morning. The soldiers retaliated and […]

Turkey cancels visa-free travel for Libyans

Turkey has cancelled visa-free travel for Libyan nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. The 2009 agreement meant Turkey was one of the few countries Libyans could travel to without a visa. Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç told journalists in Ankara that from Sept. 24 Libyans would need a visa to enter Turkey. He said the […]

Turkey to acquire heavy lift airplane

Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, SSM, is preparing to issue an RfI for the acquisition of a freighter airplane, sources familiar with SSM’s aerospace procurement programs informed TR Defence on Wednesday. The requirement was said to be for a single airplane at this time. “[Turkey] needs this aircraft to haul heavy, precious cargo to long […]



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