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    Quote Originally Posted by greencold View Post
    Corrupt to the core im afraid. Massive set for Turkeys image and embarrassing. Erdogan has little choice but I think resign
    Only if our society was a modern one, you would be right..But in our case, no one will resign, quite the opposite, the prosecutors who found out this corruption will be labeled as traitors or some kind of Israeli agents. And the show will go on
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    Quote Originally Posted by BronzePlaque View Post
    Only if our society was a modern one, you would be right..But in our case, no one will resign, quite the opposite, the prosecutors who found out this corruption will be labeled as traitors or some kind of Israeli agents. And the show will go on
    Every nation,including the west have rogue element like this. The problem is with the west these events are hidden and the bad press is limited. In countries like Turkey it is without doubt escalated and advertised using the loudest mouths of the media.
    Turkey will clear these idiots out and move on strongly im sure.
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    Tulpar Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Turkey



    Tulpar is a multi-purpose armoured infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) designed and manufactured by Otokar Otobus Karoseri Sanayi (Otokar) for the Turkish Armed Forces. The vehicle was unveiled at the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in May 2013.
    The IFV will also be available in variants such as reconnaissance, command-and-control, personnel carrier, mortar, recovery, launch rocket system, air defence, ambulance and anti-tank vehicles.

    Tulpar IFV design and features

    The Tulpar IFV is designed primarily to safely transport infantry to the battlefield. It can, however, be used for other purposes such as urban and peacekeeping missions too.
    The vehicle measures 7.23m in length, 3.4m in width and 3.18m in height. It has a ground clearance of 0.45m and weighs 32,000kg.
    The forward section of the vehicle accommodates a driver, while gunner and commander are seated in the centre. The troop compartment at the rear houses four infantrymen each side in individual mine resistant seats containing five-point safety belts. An integral door, placed in the centre at the rear of the hull, allows the infantrymen to enter and leave the vehicle.
    The vehicle is fitted with an air conditioning system to minimise the crew fatigue.
    The vehicle offers superior fire support and mobility. It can be transported by Airbus A400M military transport aircraft and can carry a payload weighing between 30t to 45t.
    Other equipment fitted to the Tulpar includes radio equipment, a global positioning system and an automatic fire suppression system. Optional equipment includes an auxiliary power unit, pre-heating system and C4I equipment.

    Armament and protection features of Tulpar

    The Tulpar is equipped with Mizrak remote controlled turret system armed with a 30mm dual-fed automatic gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
    A full range of electro-optic sensors are mounted on the Mizrak turret to provide the crew with 24-hour visibility in all weather conditions. The 30mm main cannon has an ammunition capacity of 210 rounds, while the machine gun can be loaded with up to 500 ready-to-fire rounds. The new generation digital fire control system optimises the firing accuracy.
    The externally-mounted 30mm gun can fire within an elevation of +60° and depression of -10º. It has 360° turret traverse. A cooled thermal charge-coupled device (CCD) day camera mounted on the IFV's commander and gunner sights enables the observation of targets.

    The vehicle can also be fitted with four smoke grenade dischargers on each side of the turret. The turret can be optionally armed with L-UMTAS long range anti tank missiles.
    The Tulpar offers superior protection for the crew, thanks to its all-round ballistic protection and Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) protection system. The protection level offered by the vehicle is STANAG 4569 level two, which can be optionally upgraded to STANAG 4569 level five.

    Engine and mobility of Otokar's new IFV

    The Tulpar IFV is powered by Scania DSI 14l or 16l V8 turbocharged diesel engine, which produces a power of 810hp at 2,150rpm. It is mated with 32-speed automatic transmission SAPA SG-850. The power to weight ratio of the vehicle is 25.3hp/t.
    The vehicle provides superior all-terrain mobility running on seven dual rubber-tyre wheels on each side. It can accelerate to a speed of 32km/h in six seconds and accomplish a maximum speed of 70km/h on roads. The running gear includes a drive sprocket at the front and an idler at the rear. The armour plates provide protection for the upper part of the suspension.
    The IFV can reach a maximum range of 600km on road. It can negotiate a gradient of 60% and side slope of 40%. It is capable of crossing vertical obstacles of 0.8m and trenches of 2.6m.

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    It's very good, this is the modernisation structure of Turkish Army

    Altay Tank --> M-48, M-60, (Leopard 1, 2A4s, 2NGs will have support role)

    Tulpar AFV --> M-110, ACV-300, (BTRs and ex-German armored carriers have been retired)

    Cobra 2 IFV --> Cobra 4x4

    Mehmetçik MPT --> G3A7, T-50, AK-47

    Milli Makineli Tüfek --> PKM

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    France seeks to put Turkish ties back on track

    French President François Hollande is set to embark on a landmark visit to Turkey, becoming the first Gallic head of state to make a formal trip to the country in 22 years for a visit designed to repair the nations’ frayed ties.

    Paris appears set on putting relations back on track and tapping Turkey’s economic potential, as the visit will feature the signing of a number of agreements on cooperation in various fields.

    The visit comes after difficult years in bilateral ties under the presidency of Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose strong views against Turkey’s bid for European Union membership strained relations between the two capitals.

    Although Turkey excluded French companies from giant projects whenever possible, economic relations were not seriously affected, as France remained one of the biggest investors in Turkey. But France – currently the sixth biggest investor in Turkey – would like to make full use of the economic potential it sees in Turkey.

    France’s interests include energy, infrastructure and transportation, with a special focus on air travel and railways. Turkish Airlines is one of the important most important clients for Airbus, while a Japanese-French alliance led by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France’s Areva will build Turkey’s second nuclear power plant. The growth of the Turkish middle class also appears to have raised the appetite of the French business community, as there is increasing interest in the agriculture and health sectors.

    In order to improve the political climate with Ankara to clear the way for increased economic cooperation, Hollande will try to dispel the image that France is blocking Turkey’s EU accession. Paris believes that the approach endorsed by Sarkozy, who blocked entry talks on five chapters, has not proved effective and that maintaining a dialogue between Turkey and the EU will ensure that the union can continue to encourage a continuation of reforms.

    Despite the optimism, there are question marks among opinion makers in Paris about the timing of the visit, as the Turkish government is under criticism for what is perceived as undemocratic steps to cover up corruption charges.

    Ultimately, the talks seem likely to continue on from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s discussions in Brussels this past week, with Hollande expected to again urge respect for the rule of law and the democratic separation of powers.

    Hollande is expected to endorse German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s maxim to remain loyal to prior commitments to the EU. As elections for the European Parliament approach, the Élysée Palace has given the message to Turkey skeptics in France that the process will be very long and open-ended and that the decision will ultimately be made by the citizens of Turkey and Europe – an indication that there will be referenda prior to Turkey’s entry.

    While France has already made a gesture by lifting its veto on one of the accession chapters last November, it remains unclear whether Hollande’s messages will convince Ankara, since Paris has put the ball in the EU’s court in terms of the remaining chapters.

    Sarkozy had blocked talks on economic and monetary policy, agriculture and rural development, regional policy and coordination of structural instruments, institutions and financial and budgetary provisions. France lifted its veto talks on the regional policy chapter last year, while the blockage on agriculture and rural development stems not only from France but also from a European Commission decision made in reaction to Turkey’s refusal to allow Greek Cypriot ships to use its ports.

    Developments in Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Cyprus will be the main items on the agenda as Hollande will hold separate talks with President Abdullah Gül and Erdoğan. Hollande will also meet Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the head of the main opposition party Republican People’s Party (CHP).

    The Armenian question will also be raised during the talks ahead of the Armenian community’s efforts to commemorate the centenary of what they and many others around the world term a genocide, the World War I-era mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
    Hollande and his ministers could also raise the case of Pınar Selek, a 41-year-old academic who, despite being cleared three times of complicity in a 1998 explosion in Istanbul, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Turkish court in January 2013. Representatives of French civil society have called on Hollande to raise the subject during his visit. Selek is currently living in exile in France.

    After holding talks in Ankara, Hollande will go to Istanbul to deliver a speech at Galatasaray University. Accompanied by French business leaders, he will participate together with Gül in an economic forum during which he will also meet members of the Turkish business community, as Paris is interested in seeing more Turkish investment in France.

    Seven ministers will be accompanying Hollande, including Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius; External Commerce Minister Nicole Bricq; Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg; Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Minister Phillipe Martin; Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian; Higher Education Minister Geneviève Fioraso and Agriculture and Forestry Minister Stéphane le Foll.
    hurriyetdailynews.com/france-seeks-to-put-turkish-ties-back-on-track.aspx?pageID=238&nID=61551&NewsCatID=351

    As much as the French cant be trusted, a cooperation with might not hurt.
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    Turkey Likely To OK Indigenous Fighter Program
    Jan. 25, 2014 By BURAK EGE BEKDIL

    Sources say Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will approve plans to build an indigenous fighter, despite misgivings over whether the country can afford it. (AFP/Getty Images)

    ANKARA — Turkey’s government, procurement and industry officials widely expect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to approve an ambitious program to build the country’s first indigenous fighter aircraft, amid doubts that Ankara could afford to buy it alongside theF-35 joint strike fighter.

    A senior procurement official said the three draft models, one of which would become the first Turkish indigenous fighter jet, have been finalized.

    “If and how we proceed from now on will be discussed and decided at the next committee meeting,” the procurement official said Jan. 20. “We expect the prime minister to rule in favor of going ahead to the development phase.”

    The “committee” is the Defense Industry Executive Committee, chaired by Erdogan, which oversees top procurement decisions. The committee does not have a scheduled meeting, but sources say the next gathering is likely before local elections March 30.

    The committee’s other members are Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, Chief of General Staff Army Gen. Necdet Ozel and chief procurement official Murad Bayar.

    Turkey has been in talks with Sweden’s Saab for pre-conceptual design work for the first Turkish national fighter jet. Saab produces the JAS 39 Gripen, a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter.

    But industry sources say other foreign players could get involved in later stages. “It is not a secret that [Korea Aerospace Industries] is seeking to have a slot,” said one Western company source.

    Turkey hopes that the indigenous TF-X will fly by 2023, the centennial of the republic. Turkey’s aerospace powerhouse, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), has been debating three designs.

    “We have submitted our report on the three designs without delays. We hope that the government will give the go-ahead for [the next stage of] the program. We aim to sign a development contract this year,” said Ozcan Ertem, head of TAI’s aircraft group, in remarks carried by the semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

    Another procurement official said all parties involved with TF-X met this month “to iron out differences between the procurement authorities and the Air Force over what ... TAI’s role should be.”

    A government official said Erdogan could endorse the TF-X development contract. “I cannot speak on the prime minister’s behalf at this stage. And the findings of TAI’s report are not yet on his desk. All I can say is that this is one of his ‘prestige projects,’ ” he said.

    But industry sources and experts have said that developing and building the first made-in-Turkey fighter while buying F-35s could be too costly for Turkey.

    They say Turkey could face a US $50 billion bill in the next few decades if it decides to build an indigenous fighter jet and order scores of the US-led, multinational F-35 in a parallel move. Ankara intends to buy around 100 F-35s.

    Industry experts say a number of Turkish companies, with experience earned as part of the US-led JSF program, now look more competent: Ayesas and KALE in aviation; TEI in engines; TAI in fuselage, design and integration; Aselsan in avionics, radars and electronics; Roketsan and MKEK in weapons systems; Ayesas and Milsoft in data software; and Meteksan in national data links.

    As an earlier indication of a positive decision on the TF-X, former Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said in September that a plan for the design, development and production of a Turkish civilian aircraft, with 60 to 120 seats, already had been submitted to the Cabinet for approval. ■

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    beyler webmaster bu sited'deki safriz gibi eski üyelere mesaj atmış foruma geri dönün neptune'den kurtuldum diye. Iki güne geliyo buranın türk sectionu. Görürüm ben onu o zaman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrT View Post
    hurriyetdailynews.com/france-seeks-to-put-turkish-ties-back-on-track.aspx?pageID=238&nID=61551&NewsCatID=351

    As much as the French cant be trusted, a cooperation with might not hurt.
    One has to be cautious in trusting anything the French say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKong View Post
    One has to be cautious in trusting anything the French say.
    Yeah, exactly. Many would say that the French government is unworthy of trust.

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    France and Turkey will always have black ball intentions towards Turkey and their attitude is one of never allowing them to be in the EEC. Truth is Turkey has more to offer than take from Europe. They simply dont like the fact they are a Muslim nation. Fact and the truth.

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    Turkey aiming for nuclear weapons ?
    Ankara ‘adds’ uranium clause in nuclear deal with Tokyo

    Ankara demanded allowance for uranium enrichment and plutonium extraction in a nuclear export deal inked with Tokyo, a Japanese daily quoted as a Japanese Foreign Ministry official as saying.

    A clause, which was added in the nuclear agreement signed by the two nations, upon Turkey’s demand prompted concerns over a possible proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    The clause at issue allows Turkey to enrich uranium and extract plutonium, potentially creating nuclear material for weapons, Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported on Jan. 8.

    A senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official claimed the clause was added at the request of Turkey, the daily also reported.

    A joint venture involving Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has won an order to construct Turkey’s second nuclear plant in the Black Sea province of Sinop.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was in Japan since Jan. 5, and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, had signed a $22 billion deal on the nuclear plant project.

    The pact paves the way for exporting Japan’s enrichment and spent nuclear fuel reprocessing technologies and is expected to be discussed at the Japanese Parliament soon before voting on its approval.

    The deal was on the agenda during a meeting between the Turkish and Japanese prime ministers on Jan. 7 in Tokyo, as they have agreed to accelerate the process.

    Japanese exports and anti-nuclear opposition members voice concerns over Japan’s first nuclear export after the Fukushima disaster, claiming allowing Turkey’s enrichment and extraction activities would contradict Japan’s stance against nuclear weapons
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    [MENTION=8501]aryavart[/MENTION]

    Can you put the source of the article please?
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    Turkish PM stresses focus on missile, space technology

    Davutoglu has highlighted the importance of making investments in missile and space technology to enhance Turkey’s military might.

    "If we want to guarantee our perpetuity, especially in the next 100 years, we have to make necessary investments in missile and space technology and have major world-class infrastructures in these two sectors," Davutoglu said Tuesday.

    He made the remarks at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish National Defense Ministry's "Center for Firing, Testing and Assessment" in Karapinar Firing Range in central Konya province. The center has been jointly built by the Defense Ministry, Turkey's leading missile specialist Roketsan and the Turkish Armed Forces.

    Turkey will test and evaluate rockets and locally-produced missiles at the new facility, which can also be utilized by friendly countries, including NATO allies if Ankara permits.

    The premier said the country was one of the major world powers in conventional war technologies, adding that Turkey combined its civilian and democratic identity with its military power and thus made its mark in the region.

    "The instabilities in our region have clearly shown us that Turkey needs to develop its own missile and space technology, and expand its national capacity beyond the one we have as a NATO member," he said.

    He stressed that Turkey had the technological capacity and geography to establish the firing, testing and evaluation centers needed by NATO countries to test and practice their weapons.

    The premier noted that the Turkish defense industry had been dependent on imports by up to 80 percent until 2002 when his party came to power, but now, thanks to research and development that figure had gone down considerably.

    "Economic power and military power are parallel to each other. The fate of a country that cannot produce its own tanks, planes or ships will be in the hands of the one that can," he added.

    Last Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Davutoglu also opened the $157 million "Radar and Electronic Warfare Technology Center," launched by Turkey’s leading defense system producer, Aselsan, in Ankara.

    Aselsan's new facility in Ankara’s Golbasi districts will employ more than 1,200 people, including 776 engineers who will work on the development of radar and electronic warfare systems for land, air, sea, aerospace and unmanned platforms.

    With the aim of nationalizing its defense industry, Turkey in recent years has taken strides in locally produced defense products. The Turkish Aerospace Industries, or the TAI, began producing the attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter, the ATAK (or "Attack"), in 2009.

    Also, the design and production is underway for Turkey's main battle tank, known as ALTAY, whose engine and transmission units will be produced by TUMOSAN, the leading Turkish manufacturer of diesel engines.

    Last month, the KARAYEL (or "northwest wind") drone was launched, which was developed by Vestel, a private Turkish company. An earlier drone, the ANKA ("Phoenix"), was produced by TAI in 2010.

    Turkish defense producers aim to boost exports to $25 billion by 2023 from $1.6 billion last year, Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industries said recently.

    The top export items were aircraft, helicopter parts, engines, armored-land vehicles, speed boats, missiles, rockets, launching platforms, light weapons and electronic systems, including transmitters, simulators, sensors and software.

    Ankara spent over $1 billion on defense, research and development in 2014. Turkey’s defense spending was 29.4 billion Turkish liras, or $13.2 billion, this year, according to Turkish Defense Ministry.

    Turkey is currently negotiating a $3.5 billion deal for a long-range air and anti -missile defense system, including local production, with potential supplies from China and Europe. NATO opposes China’s bid for the Turkishmissile defense system. However, in February, Defense minister Ismet Yilmaz said that Turkey would integrate such a system from China into its national system that would be be used outside the NATO defense system.

    The country plans to spend around $70 billion on military equipment until 2023, when the country
    will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern republic.

    http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/483...ace-technology
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