Modernization of Turkish army

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Attack Helicopter

Yesterday it was announced, that Finmeccania was choosen for Turkish helicopter program.
It is the A 129.
http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/agusta/

Only customer so far is Italian army.
The production facility will move to Turkey, Turkey gets 100% technology transfer and marketing rights of name.
Helicopter will be named T-129.

Helicopter will get stronger Italian motor and Turkish produced subsystems like these:

- FLIR, TV camera, laser distance meter/pointer
- Mission computer and relevant equipment
- Air to Air missile system
- Anti-tank missile
- IFF (Identification Friend/Foe) system
- Data display, control installation, record systems
- Data communication system
- Electronic map
- Helmet
- Other computers

Together with Italians Turkey will produce 52 pieces in Turkey, then contract expires and Turkey got technology transfer.
The deal comes for 54 Million $ a piece. Normal price is about 30 Million $.
Rest of price is for production facility, tech transfer, marketing and name rights and ability to integrate Turkish components.
Turkish Army reuirement 145 Attack Helicopters.


Battle Tank
Turkey plans to produce domestic tanks
http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/404241.asp

On yesterday's meeting of Undersecriat of Defence it was agreed that Otokar
http://www.otokar.com.tr/en/
was chosen to build the Turkish MBT. Otokar competed with FNSS and BMC (all turkish) and got finally chosen to produce prototype of the tank. Main contractor will be Otokar from Turkey and Subcontractor KMW, maker of German Leopard tanks. It will be Turkish-German design with some German tech transfer and other parts Turkish.
Turkish needs in first batch 1.000 pieces.

Israeli 120mm gun and armour of Merkava tanks was tech transfered under Sabra programme in Modernisation of old Turkish M60 American Tanks.
http://www.army-technology.com/projects/sabra/index.html
To be integrated in Turkish tank by Otokar.
Will be mixed Turkish-German-Israeli tank.

Also purchased 298 Leopard II Tanks from Germany last year, under upragde with Turkish produced Fire-Control system Eagle-Eye.
http://www.aselsan.com.tr/urun.asp?urun_id=55

Leopard 1 tanks in Turkish inventory also upgraded with Eagle-Eye.



Joint strike fighter
Need of 100 pieces for about 12 Billion Dollar.
Status: project ongoing.and production phase signed
Subcontractors Turkish industry workshare is about 5 billion $ in the program.

Milgem
Milgem, from the Turkish words Milli Gemi (National Ship), is the name of the Turkish corvette program; the purpose of which is to build a modern corvette with indigenous capabilities. Construction of the first Milgem class corvette, TCG Heybeliada, began on 26 July 2005.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgem

Requirements: 12 indigeniuos stealth corvettes.
Status: production ongoing.



TF-2000

Turkish Navy has initiated a project called TF-2000 Frigate program, in order to sustain sea transport safety and the protection of maritime assets of Turkish Navy, which performs missions throughout the national interest area. These frigates will be capable of performing operations in various warfare environments.
http://www.dzkk.tsk.mil.tr/English/Modernizasyon/TF-2000FirkateynProjesi.asp

Requirements: 9 indigenious Anti-submarine Warfare Frigates and command& control frigates
Production: on hold soon to be launched.



submarines
Co-production of 6 latest technology submarines with air independent propulsion (AIP) system.

Bidders in tender:
- Armaris (France)

- Fincantieri Cantieri Navali (Italy)

- HDW/MFI (Germany)

- Navantia S.A. (Spain)

End of tender: 4th May 2007.

It will high likely be German U-214. Latest technology.

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/d...nizalti/Pages/YeniTipDenizaltiProjesi__D.aspx


air and missile defense
Aircraft and missile defense procurement of 4 pieces.

Status Tender launched on 1st March 2007.
No bids so far, but it will either be Patriot 3 (PAC3) or Israeli Arrows2 system.

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/roketfuzemuhimmat/prjgrphavasvunma/Pages/UMBHFS__H.aspx




Antitank Missile Project
Development of indigenoius Antitank Missiles for use on Helicopter.

Contractor: given to turkish Roketsan company on 29 September 2005.
Status: Design activities are underway

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/roketfuzemuhimmat/prjgrptanksavar/Pages/UMTAS__K.aspx


Short Range Air Defence system
Development of 126 short range air defence for protection of things like water dams, hydro-power stations

Requirements: 126 pieces.
contractor: given to Turkish Aslesan company.
Status: 78 Systems delivered so far.

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/roketfuzemuhimmat/prjgrphavasvunma/Pages/KMS__KDH.aspx


A400M Transport Aircraft
Co-Production of Military hardware (MBT and so on) transport aircrafts with Germany, Italy and other European nations.

Requirement: 10 Airbus A400M requirement.
Contract: signed in 2003.

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/havaaraclari/prjgrpucak/Pages/A400M__H.aspx


Peace Onyx IV
Buying of 30 new F-16 from Lockheed Martin.

Status: On 12 December 2006, the Defence Industry Executive Committee has decided for the procurement of 30 F-16 Advanced Block 50 aircraft from the U.S. Government
http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/havaaraclari/prjgrpucak/Pages/PeaceOnyxIV__H.aspx

Peace Eagle AWACS
Coproduction of 4 + 2 option AWACS with Boeing.

Subcontractors: TAI, HAVELSAN, ASELSAN, MİKES, HAVELSAN TEKNOLOJİ RADAR, KALE KALIP, THY ve SELEX.
Contract: signed on 4 June 2002
http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/h...nizasyongelistirme/Pages/BarisKartali__H.aspx

F-16 CCIP
upgrade of 217 turkish F-16s (38 block 30, 104 block 40, 76 block 50) to latest technology with Lockheed Martin.

Contract: signed on April of 2005
http://www.f-16.net/f-16_users_article21.html

F-5 aircraft modernization
Domestic upgrade of 48 F-5 with technology transfer from Israel.

Contract: signed on September 24, 1998 with Israel Aerospace Industries
Status: ongoing

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/Projeler/h...asyongelistirme/Pages/F5Modernizasyon__H.aspx


GÖKtürk spy satellite (skyturk)
Turkish spy satellite program with technology transfer from foreign prime contractor
Status: On December 18, 2006 foreign companies sent their proposals.
Now consideration which company will be choosen.
Bidders:
EADS ASTRIUM (United Kingdom)
IAI (Israel)
OHB-SYSTEM (Germany)
TELESPAZIO (Italy)
http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/duyurular/proje/Pages/GÖKTÜRKProjesiiçinTeklifVerenFirmalar.aspx


Firtina
155 mm indigenious Howitzer. The Howitzers have got technology transfer from South Korea.
Requirements: 300 units
Status: 48 delivered so far

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/TR/savunmasanayiimiz/ssurunleri/urunrfm/Pages/KundagiMotorluObus.aspx

MLRS Rocket Launcher
Co-Production of Rocket launchers with China.
Status: production completed in 1999. Numbers unknown

http://www.ssm.gov.tr/EN/savunmasanayiimiz/ssurunleri/urunrfm/Pages/KasırgaTopcuRoketSistemi.aspx





I have only posted major developments. Small things like electronics, cluster bombs, communications, rifles, assault rifles, infantry modernization i did not post.
Also Turkish components which will be built in programs like Attack Helicopters i described not further, just listed them.
But there is also going on improvements on these fields.

If you are interested in small programs here is everything listed:
http://www.ssm.gov.tr
 
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Turkish firepower at present:
http://www.strategypage.com/fyeo/howtomakewar/databases/armies/e.asp
http://www.globalfirepower.com/

We already now have strongest Navy and Armed forces in the region in except the Russian bear in the north.
In Airforce only Israel is more advanced, but we will catch them with F-35, upgraded 216 F-16 and 30 new F-16.

Current equipment of Turkish Armed Forces:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Army#Main_Equipment

Current equipment of Airforce:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Air_Force#Main_equipment

Current equipment of Navy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Navy#Main_equipment




Just pick Navy as example:
TURKEY
Submarines: 14
Frigates: 19
Corvettes: 6

IRAN
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_Iranian_Navy_Vessels
Submarines: 6
Destroyers: 3
Frigates: 3
Corvettes: 2

SAUDI-ARABIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Navy#Frigates
Submarines: 0
Frigates: 7
Corvettes: 13

TURKEY after MILGEM and TF-2000 projects and after tender for submarines:
Submarines: 20
Frigates: 28
Corvettes: 18
 
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New Plan Foresees 30% Reduction in Size of Land Forces

The comments of General Buyukanit, current commander of the Turkish Army Land Forces, were published in an article of the latest issue of the Defense and Aviation Magazine (Savunma ve Havacilik Dergisi) which deals with the current and future state of the Turkish armed forces.

General Buyukanit states that a scaling down of the Turkish army's land forces by 30 percent in the coming years would take place under a plan entitled "Force 2014."

Buyukanit said that plan "Force 2014" foresees a reduction in the size but a greater modernization of the land forces, including its weaponry.

http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/detaylar.do?load=detay&link=35515

Turkish Land Forces to shrink from 514.000 active soldiers to 360.000 soldiers.
 

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After USA Turkey has most experienced F-16 pilots:
http://www.f-16.net/f-16_pilots_airforce-TUAF.html

Here to check other nations:
http://www.f-16.net/f-16_pilots.html

Real-life training with Greeks over Aegean sea.
Last crash with deads 23 May 2006.
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/05/23/greece.crash/index.html
Greece lost 19 F-16's in such incidents.
In 1996 a Israeli soldier training in Turkey was killed by such an incident over Aegean.

From 2003:
Papandreu (former Greek prime minister in 2003) to EU enlargement commissioner Verheugen
The report also alleges that over the last five months Turkish jets violated Greek airspace more than 1,500 times.
http://www.byegm.gov.tr/YAYINLARIMIZ/CHR/ING2003/05/03x05x16.HTM
 

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