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    [SIZE=5]This thread is dedicated to all the news about the Turkish Armed Forces, Turkish Police Forces and the Turkish defense sector.[/SIZE]



    I'll start off with an article regarding one of the Turkish intelligence services' recent achievements in the war against PKK.

    [SIZE=4]Turks Tackle The Crypto Kings[/SIZE]

    April 5, 2012: On March 11th a team of Turkish police commandos conducted a raid into northern Iraq, going ten kilometers across the border to capture five PKK (Turkish Kurdish separatists) encryption experts. Also captured were laptops and a lot of data and software used to encrypt PKK messages. The encryption team had caused a lot of problems for Turkish intelligence, which could track PKK groups via their wireless transmissions but could not read the encrypted transmissions. This indicated the use of high-quality encryption and implied the presence of PKK members who knew this technology and how to use it. Cryptography (or "crypto") is the science of developing and using secret codes to convert text into incomprehensible gibberish, then convert it back (decrypt) into readable text.


    Turkish intelligence sought to identify the PKK encryption team, which appeared to be getting messages from PKK commanders in northern Iraq (delivered by hand, or USB memory stick), then encrypting them and transmitting them to PKK members in Turkey and throughout northern Iraq and parts of Syria. The Turks spent several months tracking down the encryption team, using UAVs as well as electronic monitoring equipment (on the ground and in the air).


    There is a lot of encryption software available on the Internet and commercially. But Turkey, as a nation and NATO member, has access to tools for cracking (decrypting) a lot of these widely available encryption methods. The PKK encryption team appears to have been using high grade encryption that was difficult to decrypt. Thus the capture of the encryption team weakened, for a while, the PKK ability to communicate wirelessly without the Turks reading the messages.


    Then again, maybe not. Of the many secrets intelligence agencies keep, those dealing with encryption (and the ability to decrypt) are kept most secret of all. The PKK encryption team may be one of several. Capturing documents and taking the PKK team alive (allowing for interrogation) will reveal much of this to the Turks but you won't read about the results in the media.
    Source: http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/hti.../20120405.aspx



    And an article about a recent drones sale to Qatar.

    [SIZE=4]Turkey sells mini drones to Qatar[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]Ümit Enginsoy[/SIZE]

    In an effort to boost defense industry exports to Islamic states, Turkey has recently sold 10 mini drones to Qatar, a senior procurement official said Sunday.


    The small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) were exported under a general agreement made during the International Defense Fair (IDEF), which convened in Istanbul May 2011, for the sale of Turkish defense goods to Qatar worth $120 million within a year.


    This $2.5 million sale will become the first export of SUAVs by Turkey, and they will also be the first drones in Qatar’s inventory. The SUAVs, called “Bayraktar,” are made by Baykar Makina, which also produces the “Malazgirt” mini helicopter and the tactical “Çaldıran” unmanned aerial vehicle.


    Turkey, which sold defense goods worth over $1 billion abroad in 2011, has recently attempted to bolster defense exports to Islamic countries.


    In a separate development, the first drone to have been built entirely domestically by Turkey, the Anka, will compete in an international tender held by Colombia, even before entering service in Turkey, another senior procurement official said.


    The Anka, Turkey’s first locally-made drone in the medium-altitude and long-endurance category, was successful in last year’s flight tests.


    After crash landing in its first two attempts, the Anka successfully flew in the final two trials.
    March/13/2012
    Source: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/tur...&NewsCatID=344

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    [SIZE=4]Otokar receives new orders worth TL 60 mln[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]16 April 2012 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL[/SIZE]

    Otokar, one of Turkey's largest defense industry manufacturers, has received new orders worth TL 60 million, the company said on Monday.
    In a written statement to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP), the Koç Holding affiliate said the company received orders worth TL 60 million, including orders for Cobra armored vehicles and military personnel carriers. The company said it plans to deliver the orders by late 2012. Otokar shares, traded on the İstanbul Stock Exchange (İMKB), gained 1.37 percent in value at Monday's opening session.


    Under a tank project known as Altay, launched by the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM), Otokar expects to start mass production of Turkey's first domestically manufactured modern tanks in 2017. The firm plans to complete the production of four Altay prototypes by the end of 2015 with the participation of almost 40 domestic defense industry companies.


    Otokar sells armored vehicles to more than 20 countries.
    Source: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-2776...tl-60-mln.html

    [SIZE=4]PKK’s Black Sea commander killed in operation by military[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]15 April 2012 / BÜLENT BOLATÇI,ŞEYHMUS EDİS, AMASYA,MARDİN[/SIZE]

    Two terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants, including the commander responsible for the outlawed group’s Black Sea operations, were killed on Saturday in a large-scale military operation launched after two Turkish soldiers died in an attack in Amasya.
    One of the two terrorists killed was Mahir Koç, who used the code name Celal Başkale and was in charge of PKK operations in Turkey’s Black Sea region, Amasya Governor Abdil Celil Öz announced on Saturday. Koç previously was a bodyguard for Fehman Hüseyin of Syria, one of the PKK’s chief commanders. Hüseyin uses the alias Bahoz Erdal.


    Pvt. Murat Erdem and Sr. Sgt. Osman Cantürk were killed on Wednesday in a PKK ambush near the town of Çiğdemlik, located in central Amasya province. A ground operation was launched by provincial gendarmerie command units following the deaths. The troops were able to locate the hideout of the terrorists on Friday night. Koç and another terrorist were killed early Saturday morning. The security forces also seized a large number of explosives and ammunition after the two were killed.


    Governor Öz said ballistics reports indicate that the explosives found with the terrorists were the same as those used in the ambush that left the two soldiers dead on Wednesday.


    The PKK’s Black Sea operations sustained a heavy blow with the death of their regional leader, the governor said.
    Source: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-2775...-military.html

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    are we going to post only defence related articles/news here or should we post operation's/death related news here to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memoli View Post
    are we going to post only defence related articles/news here or should we post operation's/death related news here to?
    For me it doesn't matter, since it's somehow related to the Turkish Armed Forces - if it so is about the on-going or past operations/skirmishes. So it's entirely up to the posters

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    35 test flights conducted with Anka UAV, advancing fairly well..
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    [/FONT][/COLOR]Turkish manufacturer TAI is advancing its HALE UAV design in an effort to replace the air force's Israeli UAV due to political tension between the two countries.


    Speaking to Shephard at DSA 2012 in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April, Serdar Olez, VP of UAS for the company said the Turkish Air Force had a requirement for the Anka UAV in order to replace the Heron UAVs that it is currently operating.


    'All manufacture and design activity is developed nationally,' Olez explained. 'We used to get parts from Israel, but not any more. It's a must that Turkey has an indigenous UAV.


    'Turkey has sensitivity in the Southern region and UAVs are a real necessity in this combat.'


    As for the operation of the Heron, Olez said there is a problem in so far as the logistics that would usually be done by the manufacturer now have to be done in Turkey.


    The Anka programme began officially in 2005, and manufacture began in 2009, and an RfP from the air force was for ten platforms to replace the ten Herons, for which TAI was the only tender.


    'We are now running the flight line of the programme, and have today flown 35 flights,' Olez continued.


    'There are a few months to go on flight testing and we hope to deliver to the air force by June/July. We are currently negotiating the price with them. We hope to sign a serial order production by the mid part of this year.'


    Other countries of interest include Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, and Olez confirmed that TAI has responded to RfPs from these nations, as well as Thailand: 'In this region we have also spoken to Thailand; they released an RfP.'


    Olez said that the 30,000ft altitude capability of the Anka makes it a suitable platform for maritime operations, particularly of interest to the Asia-Pacific region, which has a dependence on maritime trade.


    The platform has the same engine as the General Atomics-ASI Gray Eagle UAV, the Centurion II developed by German company Thielert.


    'This is already a proven engine in UAVs, and we wanted to use a heavy fuel engine because there is an advantage for this in Turkey especially, because we have access to the fuel.'


    The company's Simsek target is also due to embark on its maiden flight in June/July, and TAI is hoping to market this 'early next year.


    'We are talking with the our air force not to sell it, but to service it,' Olez explained.


    TAI is also converting the Mosquito manned helicopter into the unmanned R-iHA platform: 'We converted it into a UAV and now it's capable of carrying hundreds of kilos of payload.


    'The test flights are going very well. By the end of the year we will complete autonomous take off and landing. We are also negotiating with the Turkish Navy for a bigger VTOL platform,' he concluded.
    http://www.shephardmedia.com/news/uv...av-capability/
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    [SIZE=4]Turkish & Malaysian Defence Cooperation between 2000 and 2011[/SIZE]

    Malaysia has been a focus for Turkey’s defense industry for quite some time now. Turkish companies have secured a number of defense industry deals, worth millions with Malaysia. The deals, which reflect a concerted effort by Turkish defense companies to increase exports to South-East Asia, will provide the country with armored vehicles, military electronics and rockets. Here is a rundown of the most important contracts.
    According to Mustafa Şeker, Head of SSM Naval Platforms Department, Malaysia is among the potential customers of the Type 209-class diesel/electric submarine, MILGEM corvette and 12.7mm Stabilized Remote Control Weapon Systems (STAMP) of the Turkish defence industry.


    At LIMA 2011, Dearsan Shipyard signed an MoU with Global Gate Defence Systems Sdn Bhd of Malaysia to cooperate in meeting the Malaysian Navy’s patrol boat requirement over TUZLA-class patrol boats.


    In 2006 FNSS signed a $10 million valued MoU with DEFTECH for the supply of spare parts and technical services for the ACV-300 ADNAN Armoured Combat Vehicles (ACV) for the Malaysian Land Forces. FNSS and DEFTECH have in 2000 signed a $278 million contract for the procurement of 211 (in 11 different configurations) ACV-300 ACVs, 65 of which were co-produced and assembled in Malaysia. Deliveries were completed in late 2004. In 2008, a $136 million contract signed between the Malaysian government and FNSS/DEFTECH for the procurement of 48 further ACV-300 ADNAN ACVs in seven different configurations and a $16.8 million contract for eight ACV – Stretched (ACV-S) vehicles fitted with a 120mm TDA 2R2M rifled mortar system. Subcontractor FNSS, which has a $82 million share under this contract, completed production of the vehicles and shipped them to Malaysia during the second half of 2009, where they were assembled at DEFTECH’s facilities. The final assembly of the vehicles has been completed in 2010 and the integration of 120mm mortars vehicles was expected to enter Malaysian Land Forces by the end of 2011.



    Aselsan delivered seven ASKARAD surveillance and fire adjustment radar systems and 32 Day Night Thermal Sight System [DNTSS] for the first batch of ACV-300 ADNAN ACVs and 12 further DNTSS for the second batch.


    FNSS developed a Tracked Logistics Carrier version of the ACV-S for the Malaysian Land Forces, but is yet to receive a formal contract.


    On 22 February 2011, a $559 million contract was signed between FNSS and DEFTECH of Malaysia for the joint design, development, production, and logistical support of 257 PARS 8x8 wheeled armoured combat vehicles (in 12 configurations) for the Malaysian Land Forces. Deliveries will span over seven years with various qualification tests before their delivery to the Malaysian Army by the end of 2013.


    On 22 February 2011, Gate Electronic signed a Joint Venture (JV) agreement with Global Globe Sdn Bhd of Malaysia for the production of EW systems for land and naval vehicles and the production of UAVs. Gate Electronic also carried out negotiations with a Malaysian company to provide repair and maintenance services to COUGAR/Super PUMA avionics.


    On 22 February 2011, MİKES signed a cooperation agreement with National Aerospace and Defence Industries (NADI) Sdn Bhd, covering the modernisation of electronic warfare systems on board of Malaysian Air Forces aircraft and replacing aging systems with MİKES built AN/ALQ-178[V]3R RWR and ÖZIŞIK CMDS.


    In 2006 MKEK secured an export contract from Malaysia for the delivery of an undisclosed number of Girsan’s YAVUZ 16 pistol family and MP-5 submachine guns for the police and Malaysian Special Operations Force. Girsan has delivered thousands of YAVUZ 16s to Malaysia so far.


    On 22 February 2011 an MoU called for the modernisation, modification and system integration of air platforms, signed by TAI and NADI.


    In February 2010, Yonca Onuk JV Shipyard secured a $100 million contract from Malaysia for the construction and delivery of 10 MRTP16 Fast Intervention Boats to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) together with its local partner BYO Marine Sdn Bhd. Four of the boats will be constructed at Yonca Onuk JV shipyard in Istanbul and the remaining six at BYO Marine Shipyard in Malaysia. The MMEA took delivery of the first of four MRTP16 FIBs from BYO Marine Sdn Bhd in December 2011 during LIMA 2011. Construction of the 5th boat has been completed in December, as well. Furthermore, Malaysia has declared its interest in Yonca Onuk JV’s MRTP24/U and MRTP34 fast patrol boats.


    http://www.miltechmag.com/2012/04/tu...operation.html

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    [SIZE=1]Thu, 04/28/2011
    [/SIZE][SIZE=3]SKYDEX CONTINUES TO EXTEND ITS GLOBAL REACH AT IDEF IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY IN MAY[/SIZE]


    Centennial, CO (April 28, 2011) – Building on its ongoing global expansion efforts, SKYDEX Technologies – the leading developer of impact mitigation, blast-limiting and vibration attenuation solutions for military and commercial applications – will be unveiling its full line of protection products at a major international trade show in Turkey next month.


    The 10th International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from May 10th through May 13th. IDEF is considered the most significant Eurasian military trade show. Turkey, the fourth largest military market in the world, has recently announced the purchase of 109 Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters as part of a $3.5 billion contract.


    SKYDEX currently supplies its protection products to the U.S. military as well as a number of foreign countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Afghanistan, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.


    “SKYDEX is extending its international selling arm to all ‘friendly’ armed forces around the world,” said SKYDEX President and CEO Mike Buchen. “At SKYDEX we pride ourselves on our patriotism, but the U.S. has many allies whose soldiers fight side by side with ours. Those soldiers deserve the same level of protection and enhancements to survivability as our own.”


    SKYDEX first entered military markets outside the U.S. in 2008. This year, the company is projecting foreign market sales of $30 million from its vehicle decking, body protection systems, and marine and aviation products.


    SKYDEX recently returned from LAAD 2011, considered the most important defense and security industry trade show in Latin America, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from April 12th through April 15th. Defense spending by Brazil has risen 50 percent in the last six years. Across all of South America, defense spending rose 50 percent over the decade ending in 2008.


    About SKYDEX
    SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered in Centennial, CO, is the industry leader in developing innovative impact mitigation, blast-limiting and vibration attenuation solutions for today’s most demanding military and commercial applications. SKYDEX clients are government and commercial entities that value the increased survivability and reduced impact implications that SKYDEX technology provides to their most important assets – the human operator.


    Inspired by its motto – “Protecting Things That Matter” – SKYDEX utilizes its patented twin-hemisphere technology to design and manufacture a wide range of products and is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. For more information, please visit www.skydex.com.


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    Source: http://www.skydex.com/news-events/ne...bul-turkey-may
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    [*******#1E1A1B][FONT=arial]The first prototype of TAI-modernized T38 jet trainer aircraft has been delivered to the Turkish Air Force (TurAF) following a special handover ceremony at TAI's facilities.[/FONT][/COLOR]

    Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), as a prime contractor, was awarded a contract by the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) to design, develop and implement an avionics upgrade for the TurAF under the T-38 Avionics Modernization (ARI) Program.
    In the framework of the program, a total of 55 TurAF T-38A aircraft are to be upgraded. The upgrade process of five aircraft is ongoing at TAI’s facilities whereas the remaining 50 production aircraft will be modified at TurAF 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center with technical support of TAI.
    The avionics upgrade of the first prototype of T38 trainer aircraft was successfully completed by TAI and delivered to TurAF.

    Following the prototype deliveries in 2012, the last aircraft modification is planned to be completed in 2014.


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    [SIZE=4]Azerbaijan buys 123 various military vehicles from Turkey last year[/SIZE]
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    Deliveries on agreements signed with 3 military companies in amount of USD 300 mln are continuing

    Baku. Rashad Suleymanov – APA. Turkish “Otokar” company delivered 123 various military vehicles to the Azerbaijan according to agreement signed last year, says the report of Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat on its activity in 2011, APA reports.

    Otokar Company sold 35 Cobra armored fighting vehicles, 37 ZPT armored personnel carrier vehicles and 51 Land Rover vehicles within the agreement in amount of USD 20.7 mln.

    The report also said that 3 Turkish military companies, including Otokar signed agreement with Azerbaijan late at the end of 2010 in amount of USD 300 mln.

    The deliveries are continuing.


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    [SIZE=4]Three PKK terrorists killed in clashes in Ağrı[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]2 May 2012 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL[/SIZE]


    Three outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists were killed in clashes with Turkish security forces on Tuesday, in the Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı in eastern Turkey, according to a written statement from the Ağrı Governor's Office.
    According to the statement, two pieces of construction equipment used for road maintenance in the area surrounding the village of Güngören were set on fire by PKK terrorists on April 29, prompting security forces to launch an operation in the region to hunt down the terrorists.


    The three PKK terrorists were killed at noon on Tuesday, and security forces also seized 200 kilograms of handmade explosives, said the statement. No casualties were reported among the members of the security forces.


    The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the EU and the United States, has been waging a bloody war in Turkey's Southeast since 1984. More than 40,000 people have been killed in PKK attacks so far. The terrorist organization is based in northern Iraq and launches attacks on Turkey from its hideouts in the mountainous region. The PKK also operates in various European cities.


    In the meantime, seven individuals who have suspected ties with the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella political organization for the PKK, were detained in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday.


    The suspects will be sent to Malatya for interrogation.

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    http://www.todayszaman.com/news-2791...s-in-agri.html



    [SIZE=3]Smuggling failed: 97 anti-tank mines seized[/SIZE]
    Meanwhile security forces has prevented 97 anti-tank mines from entering the country through the Silopi disctrict of Şırnak province [The district borders to Iraq, while the province borders to both Iraq and Syria]. It's speculated that the terrorists left the mines in panic when they understood that they had lost their cover.

    Turkish: http://www.trthaber.com/haber/gundem...ldi-39114.html

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    [SIZE=3]US, Turkey to build 600 Blackhawks[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News[/SIZE]

    Turkey and the U.S. are seeking to sell some 500 “made in Turkey” Blackhawk helicopters to third countries, according to Francis J. Ricciardone, the U.S. ambassador to Ankara. “We will see over 600 Blackhawk helicopters, very high technology helicopters, produced here in Turkey. The great majority of these helicopters will go to third markets, third countries,” said Ricciardone during a Turkish-American business council lunch in Istanbul on May 4.

    Around one hundred of these helicopters will be used by the Turkish Armed Forces, the ambassador confirmed. U.S. firm Sikorsky Aircraft won a $3.5 billion competition in April 2011 to lead the production of more than 100 large utility helicopters for Turkey over Italy’s AgustaWestland. The defense firm is mainly set to cooperate with local Alp Aviation in production. Along with Alp, Ricciardone said some other important firms would also contribute to the making of the utility helicopters.

    Sikorsky also became the first major international company to formally announce it would also seek to win the light utility helicopter contest in May last year. However, no exact date had been decided for the production of Blackhawks, said an Alp Aviation spokesperson.

    Possible buyers were also not clear yet, public relations representative Melek Akdoğan told the Hürriyet Daily News during a phone interview on May 4.

    Riccardione also said that the U.S. supported Turkey’s ambitious 2023 target to become one of the world’s largest 10 economies.

    “Yesterday I met with the representatives of Turkey’s Economy Ministry and we had talks with more than 70 firms,” he said during his speech.

    “The ministry found a chance to show them all the opportunities in Turkey,” he said.

    The envoy also said that Turkey and the U.S. should cooperate more in the fields of defense, technology, information and aerospace, adding that the dynamism in the Turkish economy could be seen by the newly built roads, airports, residences and malls across the country.

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    [SIZE=3]Cobra to be produced in Kazakhstan[/SIZE]

    Cobra armored infantry fighting vehicle is expected to be produced in Kazakhstan, a close ally with whom Turkey shares cultural, historic and linguistic ties.
    Otokar, producer of the Cobra IFV and Kazakhstan Engineering has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the production of an undisclosed number of Cobra vehicles. According to the agreement, a new joint venture will be formed and Otokar will provide technical assistance and know how in order to facilitate the assembly of the vehicles locally in Kazakhstan.
    Cobra is a lightweight, armored, all terrain vehicle featuring a modular design that can be customized for a wide range of missions including amphibious operations. The vehicle has so far achieved significant export success and is operational in over ten countries.
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    BMC, the Turkish producer of both military and civil vehicles also signed a deal with V AVTO, its partner in Kazakhstan, for the sale of armored vehicles.


    Aselsan, the leading electronics and electronic systems company of Turkey, will produce avionics systems and work with the integration of helicopters produced in Kazakhstan, according to a separate deal announced over the weekend. Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering (KAE) and Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering signed a cooperation agreement on the integration of avionics equipment and systems in EC-145 helicopters, Aselsan said.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/def...&NewsCatID=344

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    [SIZE=4]Turkey capable of building own navy[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=1]ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News[/SIZE]


    Turkey has the capacity to produce 70 to 80 percent of all of its own naval needs and parts, expect for submarines, says a senior procurement official

    Turkey’s shipbuilding industry has come to a level where it can produce all of its navy needs or parts – with the exception of submarines and engines – one senior procurement official said at the weekend.

    “Among our armed forces, probably the most developed is the navy,” the official said. “We can produce 70 or 80 percent of all [naval] needs. The sole exception is submarines, and we are moving with concrete steps on that,” the procurement official added.

    The largest boats in Turkey’s surface fleet are the frigates, and Turkey is nearing their manufacture. It has produced two corvettes, the only ship in the warship category smaller than that. It has put to sea the TCG Heybeliada, one of them, in 2008 and last year the ship was accepted by the navy.

    It also completed production of the second corvette, the TCG Büyükada. This year Turkey should select a private shipping contractor to build six corvettes. It also has to decide this year whether the Milgem corvette project will end at eight or 12, meaning the total price for the whole program will reach $2 billion or $3 billion.

    Then around 2020, the country will launch what is today known as TF2000, or the Turkish frigate program. Both Britain and the United States are competing for that program with their own frigate systems.

    Turkey presently can also produce a New Type Patrol Boat, Coast Guard Research and Rescue Boat and Tank Landing Ships, the procurement official said.

    “We can also export the smaller ships we produce to friendly and allied countries,” he said. Islamic countries are particularly interested in those, he said.

    “As part of our engine development plans, we also are developing our own engines,” said the procurement official.

    Separately, a 2 billion-euro submarine deal between SSM and Germany’s HDW shipyards for joint manufacture of six modern U-214 diesel platforms for the Turkish Navy formally took effect in July 2010.

    “This will be the last submarine we will be building with someone else,” the procurement official said.

    In a less orthodox project, Ankara has plans to a buy a landing platform dock (LPD) a vessel that looks like a helicopter carrier and can transport up to a battalion-sized unit (more than 1,000 troops) long distances.

    Turkey plans to use this ship for NATO-related missions to carry troops or refugees.

    According to the size and capabilities, the Turkish LPD will cost between $500 million and $1 billion.

    Presently, the Turkish Navy includes nearly 49,000 personnel and has 75 aircraft, 17 frigates, seven corvettes, 14 submarines and 27 fast missile boats.

    May/07/2012
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    [*******#333333]” the official said. “We can produce 70 or 80 percent of all [naval] needs. The sole exception is submarines, and we are moving with concrete steps on that,”

    [/COLOR][*******#333333]“This will be the last submarine we will be building with someone else,” [/COLOR]
    what is the plans for Submarines in our navy for the future? has the state invested in R&D for submarines?

    when will we see our own indigenous submarine that we have designed?

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    [*******#000000][FONT=helvetica]Brazil, Turkey agree on closer defense links

    [/FONT][/COLOR]Brazil and Turkey have agreed on closer defense links that promise to allow each arms manufacturer a greater share of the global aviation and military sales.


    Like Brazil, Turkey is an emerging defense manufacturer with eyes on a global market where Western manufacturers risk being priced out. Turkey's military manufacturing tradition predates Brazil's capacity building for export-oriented development of aircraft and weapons.


    In the latest contacts between the two governments, Brazil and Turkey set out plans to boost military ties and technology transfers between the two sides.


    Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim and Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz met in Sao Paulo and signed a letter of intent formalizing a move to "develop cooperation between the defense industries of both countries, including technology transfer and joint projects," a joint statement said.


    Yilmaz said Turkey is interested in sharing Brazil's aerospace, cybernetics and unmanned aerial craft technologies. Turkish plans include building the capacity to manufacture aircraft, including unmanned airborne vehicles.


    Senior officials from the countries' state-backed defense industries conferred formally in October 2011 and have been holding consultations on developing their collaboration.


    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced during a visit to Ankara last year the two countries were emerging as world powers and have many economic growth trends in common. During her visit the two countries moved toward a closer relationship with vows to boost trade and economic and technical collaboration.


    In May 2010 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Brazil and announced an action plan for greater cooperation.


    Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the two countries aim to increase their trade from $2 billion in 2011 to $10 billion "in a very short period of time."


    Turkey's five-year defense strategic plan has actually set completion dates for developing military aviation, defense shipyards and aerospace capability for launching satellites.


    The inventory includes aircraft and helicopters, destroyers and frigates, satellites and tanks.


    A Turkish-made tank is scheduled to roll out by 2015, and an unmanned aerial vehicle is due to be ready next year.


    Turkey says it has spent or signed contracts for a total value of $27.3 billion as part of its plans to develop its defense manufacturing capacity. Turkish officials aim to secure Brazilian help with aviation and aerospace, as the Latin American country is now competing with U.S. and European manufacturers to supply executive jets, passenger and patrol aircraft.


    Brazilian defense manufacturer Embraer has set sights on competing for a share of the market for tactical military transport, including C-130 Hercules and its successors.






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