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Science & Technology, Turkey


Turkey's government and military planners must decide on the country's commitment to a U.S.-led, multinational new-generation fighter jet program by mid-January 2014 at the latest, according to Turkey's top defense procurement official Hurriyetdailynews reported.

Murad Bayar, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said Ankara will renew an order for an initial batch of two F-35 aircraft soon. The order had been suspended in January.


Turkey's National Intelligence Organisation has instructed the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to work out a draft for a new unmanned aerial vehicle such as a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle, Zaman newspaper reported today.

According to the newspaper, TÜBİTAK intends to create a drone that can stay aloft for as long as possible and take some 500 kilogramme payload on board. Moreover, the new drone will take pictures and examine the territory over which it will fly.

Earlier, Turkey manufactured its first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ANKA.


A group of hackers from Anonymous hacked the official website of the Turkish Cabinet of Ministers on June 5, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said on Wednesday.

According to the report, at present, the website is being restored.

According to the newspaper, some news portals and website of the Turkish official newspaper ("Resmi Gazete") have been also hacked.


Turkey, which ranks 16th in the world in terms of the development of the automotive industry, intends to manufacture a passenger car made on a domestic production line, Anadolu agency quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is on an official visit to the United States, as saying.

According to Erdogan, Turkey is the second country in the world after China in terms of a growth in electricity consumption.

"Turkey has implemented a programme to increase the GDP in 2011-2017. This will result in the GDP growing by an average of 6.7 per cent," Erdogan said.


Turkey is going to start mass production of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multi-purpose helicopters previously produced in the U.S., Hurriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the helicopters will be produced by Turkey's aerospace company Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Endüstrileri (TAI) under the supervision of the Secretariat of the Defence Industry under the Ministry of Defence of Turkey.

The Black Hawk helicopters production programme has been developed in Turkey since 2011. The budget is estimated at $3.5 billion.


Turkey's first domestic unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ANKA is ready for serial production after test flights, The Lira newspaper reported on Monday.

According to the report, Turkish aerospace company Türk Havacılık ve Uzay Sanayii A.Ş (TUSAŞ) is already receiving orders for the production of the drones and is soon starting mass production.

Work on the creation of the first Turkish reconnaissance drones has been underway since 2004. About 180 engineers have worked on the project.


Turkey has produced the world's first armoured bulldozer named AZMİM, with a river-crossing capability, Anadolu reported.

The project on the bulldozer's production has been developed over four years.

According to the agency, AZMİM will be used by the Turkey's military for traversing rivers. At the initial stage it is planned to produce 12 such armoured units.

The AZMİM can reach speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour. In addition, it is capable of standing up against landmines and armour-piercing bullets.


Turkey has decided to postpone the purchase of F-35 fighters, online newspaper Sabah reported today, citing a source at the Defense Ministry.

According to the newspaper, the final decision was postponed until the middle of the year.

Early last year, the Turkish government permitted the secretariat of the defense industry to purchase the first two U.S F-35 fighters.

In general, Turkey is planning to buy 116 F-35 fighters: 100 fighters as part of the main contract, and 16 as part of the option.


Turkey began receiving data from the country's second domestic reconnaissance satellite Göktürk-2, launched on Dec, 18, Anadolu Agency quoted Turkish Minister for Science, Industry and Technology, Nihat Ergun as saying on Tuesday.

He said the first data of Turkey's territory is pictures of Antalya Province, the first pictures of foreign territories - pictures of New Zealand.

The Göktürk-2 satellite flew over Turkish territory four times in a one day period and can take pictures of any area of the country.


Shipment of Patriot air-defense missiles and equipment as well as 400 US military personnel to Turkey is expected to be completed end of January as part of a NATO mission to bolster Turkey's air defense capabilities against possible missile threat from Syria, a Pentagon spokesperson said Tuesday, Anadolu reported.

"Almost half of the equipment and 400 personnel have arrived in Turkey and by the end of the month we expect all of the equipment and personnel to be in Turkey," George E. Little told a daily press briefing.