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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

Bitlis'te, Hizan İlçe Jandarma Komutanlığına terör örgütü PKK mensuplarınca saldırı düzenlendi. (İbrahim Yaldız - Anadolu Ajansı)

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 […]

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


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


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


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


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%


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 […]

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