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A Comprehensive Overview of the Turkish Defence Industry: Full Report

The Turkish defence sector has followed a path of steady but significant growth since 1985, the year of the foundation of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), Turkey’s defence procurement agency. Established with the aim of modernising the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and nurturing the growth of a national defence sector, the SSM has successfully […]

Russian Ballistic Submarine Yekaterinburg Launches SLBM Sineva

Northern Fleet (NF) nuclear-powered ballistic submarine (SSBN) Yekaterinburg on May 17 successfully launched ballistic missile (SLBM) Sineva from the Barents Sea against Kura test range located in Kamchatka, said an official spokesman for Russian defense ministry. The submarine’s commanding officer is Capt 1 rank Igor Stepanenko. “The launch was carried out from underwater position in […]

Russia to train Turkish scientists in nuclear, space tech

 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey Vladimir Ivanovskiy has said Russia will not only build a planned nuclear plant but will also train and educate Turks since in time the project will need a substantial number of experts and qualified people to run it. He also says the plan is to further technology […]

Erdoğan criticizes Israel over its satellite reservations

 Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized Israel on Friday because the Jewish state is waging a diplomatic war with several countries, including the US, to prevent Turkey from snapping pictures of its territory through a new Turkish satellite.   The GökTürk satellite is due to be in orbit by 2013, Erdoğan noted while speaking […]

Tbilisi ‘interested’ in U.S. missile defense radar

Georgia is interested in the proposal by a group of U.S. senators that Tbilisi host a missile defense radar, Deputy Foreign Minister David Dzhalagania said on Monday. Four U.S. Republican senators – Jon Kyl, James Risch, Mark Kirk and James Inhofe – have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking him to […]

U.S. senators reject Turkey, pick Georgia for radar

AN/FPS-15 Pave Paws Radar Station

Four Republican senators are calling on the Obama administration to place a sensitive missile defense-related radar site in Georgia, rather than in Turkey, as is currently planned. “We believe that the U.S. should deploy the most effective missile defenses possible – in partnership with our allies – that provide for the protection of the U.S. […]

Iran: Istanbul talks may be the West’s “last chance”

Talks next week between Iran and major powers concerned about its nuclear program could be the “last chance” for the West because Tehran’s atomic capability is improving, a senior Iranian official was quoted as saying.   Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Tehran’s nuclear ambassador, raised the stakes for the Jan. 21-22 meeting with the five permanent members […]

Pakistan Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile

Pakistan on Tuesday successfully test fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads, the military said. The military said in a statement that Ghauri Hatf 5, with a range of 800 miles, could carry conventional and other warheads. The launch was conducted by the Army Strategic Force command’s strategic missile group […]

Iraq given green light to run nuclear program

The UN Security Council on Wednesday gave Iraq the green light to develop a civilian nuclear program, ending 19-year-old restrictions aimed at preventing the country from developing atomic weapons.   In two other resolutions, the 15-nation council also wound up the controversial oil-for-food program for Iraq and set June 30, 2011, to end all immunities […]

Fate of U.S. nukes in Europe

Despite the end of the Cold War, and the dismantling of over 25,000 nuclear weapons, NATO still maintains a stock of nuclear bombs in Europe. These are American weapons, to be used by NATO allies with U.S. permission. They are not covered by START (the strategic nuclear disarmament treaty) because they are not strategic, they […]

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