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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Aselsan Reveals AKKOR Active Protection System for Armored Vehicles

AKKOR

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 […]

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 […]

Turkey may scrap Chinese missile deal

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 […]

Turkey to place initial order for two F-35s

Chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a critical Defense Industry Executive Committee (DIEC) meeting today finally wrapped up Turkey’s long-awaited decision to place an order for 5th generation stealth F-35s.that will become the new front line fighter of the Turkish Air Force. The decision was delayed last year with Turkish authorities citing “uncertainty of […]

THK reluctantly accepts 1st A400M in Kayseri

The first of 10 Airbus Military A400M transport aircrafts that Turkey has ordered was finally delivered to the Turkish Air Forces (THK) on Wednesday following Airbus’ assurances that contract terms will be fully met regarding spare parts. The A400M, which is the largest transport aircraft in the world, landed at a military base in the […]

US internal politics hinder arming of key allies

The US Navy’s frigate force is rapidly shrinking as the 1980s-era ships are taken out of service. The Navy wants to transfer the ships to friendly nations for further service, and several nations are eager to have them. But in recent years, congressional politics have made some of the proposed moves overly controversial, and measures […]

Turkish defence industry struggles to go global

Turkey’s defense industry exports have largely been possible through offset arrangements made with foreign arms suppliers. Defense offset agreements, as legal trading practices in the aerospace and military industries, are widely used by many countries as a means of bringing some of the foreign currency going abroad back to the country through arms procurement deals […]



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