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Turkey deploys naval units to east Med

In a recent dispute between Turkey and Greek Cyprus over drilling for hydrocarbons in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey has given the green light to its military to station units in various critical zones in the region in order to conduct surveillance and monitor activities, the Bugün daily reported on Monday. Turkey has deployed frigates and […]

Israel Deploys Drones Over Gas Fields

Israel has deployed drones to keep watch on gas fields off its northern coast, fearing attack by the Hezbollah militia from neighboring Lebanon, the Jerusalem Post daily reported on Aug. 9.  The fields lie in a part of the Mediterranean that is claimed by Israel for gas exploration and production, but Lebanon says the fields […]

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 […]

France Says Sale of Warships to Russia ‘Imminent’

The signing of a contract for France to sell four Mistral-class aircraft carriers to Russia is “imminent,” a French defense ministry spokesman said June 16. The comment by deputy spokesman Philippe Ponties came ahead of a visit by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to the Le Bourget air show in Paris, which opens on June […]

Saudi Arabia Mulling BMD-Capable Destroyers

Saudi Arabia, which has long considered the purchase of American littoral combat ships (LCS) with a lightweight Aegis combat system, is contemplating the acquisition of new DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyers that could be fitted with ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability. The U.S. Navy briefed Saudi officials in late May on the capabilities of […]

Iran Submarines Dispatched to Red Sea: Report

Iran’s navy has sent submarines to the Red Sea “to collect data,” its first mission in distant waters, the Fars news agency reported June 7 without giving further details. “The submarines, dispatched in May, have entered the Red Sea after a mission in the Gulf of Aden to collect data on the sea bed in […]

Russian Sub to Join NATO Exercise for 1st Time

A Russian submarine will take part in the world’s biggest submarine rescue exercise with its former Cold War foe NATO next week, the military alliance said May 27. The Russian submarine, the first to participate in any NATO exercise, will drop to the bottom of the Mediterranean along with Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish submarines and […]

Aselsan introduces torpedo-jammer sonar

Turkish defense industry company, Aselsan, has manufactured Turkey’s first domestic sonar system capable of ‘jamming’ incoming topedos. Aselsan’s underwater sonar system, “Kulac”, has the “jammer” technology aiming at eliminating torpedo threat. Moreover, it can be used to measure sea depth, as well as distance, direction and speed of enemy submarines, defense experts told AA on […]

Three shipyards set for Turkish LPD tender

Three Turkish shipyards have responded to a request for tender (RfT) to design and build an amphibious landing platform dock (LPD) vessel for the Turkish Naval Forces. Desan Shipyard, RMK Marine and SEDEF submitted their rival proposals to the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) on 16 May. Çelik Tekne and Dearsan Shipyard, which had until […]

Turkish Military Scraps Major Drills

The Turkish army said May 24 it had canceled two major military exercises in the Aegean Sea region in the west, where tensions with neighboring Greece are high. The annual Efes exercises, involving land, air and naval drills, and the Denizkurdu (Sea Wolf) maneuvers, held at sea every two years, have been canceled, said a […]



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