Turkey Increases Defense Spending in 2014 Budget


Turkey’s parliament has approved a 6.71 percent increase in the country’s defense budget, according to budget figures released after a debate.

The budget, drafted in October and debated in parliament since then, took effect Dec. 20 after a parliamentary vote in favor of it.

According to the 2014 budget figures, Turkey’s defense ministry got an annual budget worth $10.908 billion, up 7.15 percent from $10.18 billion in 2013.

Part of Turkey’s defense spending are budget appropriations for the Gendarmerie and the Coast Guard, both of which operate under the interior ministry but are considered a de facto part of the Turkish military.

The Gendarmerie in 2014 will get $3.08 billion, up 5.35 percent from $2.922 billion in 2013. The 2014 budget appropriation for the Coast Guard is $226 million, compared to $216 million.

The three departments that make Turkey’s defense budget will get $14.212 billion in 2014, up 6.71 percent from $13.317 billion in 2013.

The 2014 defense budget accounts for 3.7 percent of the overall state budget.

About half of Turkey’s defense budget goes to personnel spending (salaries, benefits and pensions), with the rest mostly going to finance new equipment and maintenance.

Apart from that budget, the Turkish government runs an annual Defense Industry Support Fund to finance modernization programs. That fund, mostly financed by levies on gambling, tobacco and alcohol, is worth around $600 million annually.

Source : Defense News


Turkey’s Defense Exports Up 9 Percent for Year to Date

Aug. 28, 2013

ANKARA — Turkey’s defense industry exports in the seven months ending in July reached $781 million, an all-time high for the period, and may be on course to set a record for the year, according to industry officials.

The export contracts signed during the first seven months of the year mark a 9 percent increase from the same period in 2012, according to Latif Aral Alis, chairman of Turkey’s Defense and Aerospace Industry Exporters’ Association.

He said aircraft and helicopter parts accounted for most of this year’s exports. Top buyers of Turkish-made equipment were the US and former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Other major export items were armored vehicles, vessels and fast boats, missiles, rockets and launch platforms, light weapons and ammunition, electronic systems (radio, command-and-control systems, simulators, sensors and application software), logistics support products (kitchen, hospital, clothing materials), and engineering and technology transfer services, Alis said.

The Turkish industry is aiming for a record high $1.5 billion in exports for the year.

“The export performance in the first seven months of the year was very promising for achieving the annual target,” Alis said.

Another promising figure was Turkey’s cumulative research and development spending, which has reached $772 million this year, also a record.

“This is due to investments in high-value and intensive know-how programs,” Alis said.

The Turkish defense industry is aiming for $4 billion in production and $2 billion in exports in 2016. As various national made-in-Turkey programs reach serial production stage after 2016, Turkey will reach for an ambitious defense and aerospace export target of $25 billion in 2023, according to Alis.


Source : DefenseNews

US approves Saudi cargo plane sale to Turkey

The United States has approved the sale to Turkey by Saudi Arabia of six U.S.-made C-130E military cargo planes, senior Turkish and U.S. officials said late Monday.

Turkey struck a deal last summer with Saudi Arabia to purchase the six older cargo planes.

The U.S. approval in late April comes at a time when two transport aircraft programs Turkey is involved in are faltering or facing major delays.

One procurement official told the Hürriyet Daily News that the planes were being purchased at a very reasonable price, but declined to specify a figure. An industry source suggested the unit price was less than $10 million.

The permission of the United States, the original manufacturer of the planes, was needed. “We weren’t expecting any major problems on this, and everything worked out well. We’re happy about this,” the procurement official said.

The planes are expected to arrive in Turkey later this year. The Turkish Air Force already is flying the older C-130B and C-130E models of the C-130 family, acquired from the United States decades ago.

As a member of the pan-European Airbus A400 consortium, Turkey has been planning to buy 10 A400M cargo planes, but the program has been facing major delays.

On the local C-130 upgrade front, Turkey’s efforts to achieve the avionic modernization of the Air Force’s 13 planes also have faced delays.

Currently, the Turkish Air Force also has 19 older European-made C-160s, which originally were planned to eventually be replaced by the A400.

In addition, the Turkish military is operating about 50 CN-235 light transport aircraft Turkish Aerospace Industry, or TAI, had co-produced with Spain’s CASA in the 1980s and 1990s.

Source: hurriyetdailynews

Drones : Cassidian et Turkish Aerospace s’allient pour le programme Talarion

EADS a trouvé un nouveau partenaire pour son concept de drone Talarion, qui pourrait notamment servir dans la surveillance des approches maritimes et la lutte contre la piraterie. Hier, Cassidian, filiale du groupe européen, a annoncé la signature d’un protocole d’accord (MoU) avec Turkish Aerospace Industries, à l’occasion du salon IDEF, à Istanbul. Ce Memorandum of Understanding vise à renforcer la présence de la Turquie dans les programmes internationaux relatifs aux drones, et plus particulièrement sur le Talarion, pour lequel les partenaires sont convenus d’une coopération.

Le programme européen Talarion porte sur le développement d’un drone de nouvelle génération de type MALE (Moyenne Altitude Longue Endurance) permettant d’exécuter des missions de surveillance et de reconnaissance sans pilote, conformément aux besoins exprimés initialement par la France, l’Allemagne et l’Espagne. Ce biréacteur de 7 tonnes et 28 mètres d’envergure, conçu pour opérer dans un espace aérien civil, a été imaginé pour intervenir dans différentes missions de sécurité, comme la lutte contre la piraterie et le narcotrafic, la protection des frontières ou la gestion des catastrophes naturelles et écologiques. Il pourrait, également, être armé pour des missions de combat, une capacité déjà opérationnelle chez les Américains et que les forces européennes, en retard en matière de drones, souhaitent acquérir à terme.

Un premier prototype du Talarion est actuellement en cours de développement. Aux côtés des partenaires européens, le sous-secrétariat de l’industrie de la Défense turc a consenti d’importants investissements et de grandes entreprises du pays, emmenées par Turkish Aerospace, ont intégré l’équipe du programme du prototype. Dans cette optique, Cassidian a spécialement créé une plateforme partagée pour les ingénieurs français, espagnols, turcs et allemands, ainsi que les fournisseurs principaux. A l’heure actuelle, quelque 160 ingénieurs coopèrent au sein de cette plateforme Talarion, le premier vol du prototype étant prévu en 2014.

Source: Mer et Marine

Delivery of Turkey’s AEW&C Aircraft Will Finally Begin in 2012

By Forecast Internationalon Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Turkey’s long-delayed airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program may finally begin moving forward next year, as Boeing intends to deliver the first of four AEW&C aircraft in late 2012.

The Turkish AEW&C program, referred to as Peace Eagle, has suffered from ongoing delays due to radar, software production and integration problems on the four new 737-700 AEW&C aircraft.

Turkey signed a $1.6 billion contract with Boeing in 2002 for the four aircraft, replete with ground radar and control systems. Delivery was expected to follow in 2007.

The deal also contained an option for two additional aircraft, but as of now Turkey has shown little inclination toward acting on the option.

Once the first Turkish 737-700 AEW&C plane is delivered in late 2012, the other three aircraft will be delivered and enter service in 2013. The Turkish planes will utilize the Northrop Grumman MESA electronically scanned array radar.

Source: defencetalk.com

First New Turkish Tank Prototype Ready

By Forecast Internationalon Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The Turkish National Tank Manufacturing Program (MITUP) is moving forward with the prototype of Turkey’s first national tank, set to be unveiled on May 10 at [the International Defense Exhibition and Fair, IDEF] in Istanbul.

National Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul announced the unveiling on April 30, stating the new tank would be an upgrade compared to those tanks in the inventory of the Turkish armed forces. Turkey currently operates Leopard 1A and 2A models, as well as ex-U.S. Army M60s and ex-West German M48s.

The new Turkish tank – called the « Altay » – has been designed by South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem in tandem with Turkish automobile company, Otokar. In the competition for main foreign subcontractor on the contract, Rotem beat out Germany’s KMW by full technology transfer of its new K-2 Black Panther main battle tank (MBT) design.

The new Altay tank will comprise about 60 percent of the technology used in the South Korean K-2.

The cost of the Atlay project is estimated at $500 million, with four prototypes to be produced and delivered by 2015.

Source: defencetalk.com

Navantia propose son BPE à la Turquie

Selon la presse espagnole, Navantia présentera le mois prochain une offre à la Turquie, qui souhaite se doter d’un bâtiment de projection. Le groupe naval ibérique propose aux militaires turcs une version dérivée du bâtiment de projection stratégique (BPE) Juan Carlos I. Ce navire de 231.4 mètres et 26.800 tonnes en charge, a été livré à la marine espagnole l’an dernier. Il peut mettre en oeuvre des engins de débarquement, transporter des troupes et des véhicules, ainsi que des hélicoptères et des avions à décollage court et appontage vertical harrier ou F-35 B. Cette capacité pourrait d’ailleurs intéresser fortement Ankara. Partie prenante dans le programme JSF, la Turquie souhaite acquérir 100 F-35 A (version armée de l’Air), mais envisagen aussi d’acheter 16 F-35 B. Avec le BPE espagnol, le pays pourrait donc disposer du premier porte-aéronefs de son histoire.
Afin d’appuyer l’action commerciale de Navantia, le Juan Carlos I devrait faire escale en Turquie du 30 mai au 3 juin.
Pour mémoire, le BPE a été retenu par la marine australienne, qui a commandé deux unités et a préféré le navire espagnol au bâtiment de projection et de commandement (BPC) français, dont les installations ne sont pas conçues pour la mise en oeuvre d’avions. DCNS est en tous cas sur les rangs concernant le projet turc qui, s’il se concrétise, verrait la réalisation du bateau par un chantier local.
Source: Mer et Marine

DTM to showcase Springbuck Six armoured vehicle at IDEF 2011 Istanbul

Press release issued by Drakensberg Truck Manufacturers

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 12:20

DTM, a privately owned South African armoured vehicles company, will be exhibiting the Springbuck armoured and landmine protected vehicle at the IDEF 2011 defence exhibition, held in Istanbul from 10-13 May 2011.

The Springbuck armoured and landmine protected vehicle will be proudly displayed in hall 3 booth 329A, and visitors will have the opportunity to view this vehicle and find out why is has become so popular in the defence industry.

This permanent 4×4 vehicle not only boast exceptional manoeuvrability but with its powerful MWM 6 litre engine also handles effortlessly on the open road. Special attention has been given to the ergonomics of the driver and its 10 passengers.

With a ballistic protection of B6 upgradeable to B7, the all-steel armoured v-shaped hull is designed to withstand a TM57 landmine under the hull or two under any wheel.

The standard Springbuck APC configuration can be easily adapted to various applications such as command vehicle, ambulance and cash-in-transit vehicle, and by the addition of a variety of turret-mounted weaponry the vehicle can be effectively used as a combat vehicle.

The Springbuck APC is a newly built vehicle designed for ease of operation and repair, using internationally available drive-line components for assured reliability as well as availability of parts.

As South Africans we look forward to providing potential customers at IDEF 2011 with the best value available on the market.

IDEF 2011: la Russie présentera plus de 100 armes et matériels

17:23 05/05/2011
MOSCOU, 5 mai – RIA Novosti

La Russie exposera plus de 100 armes et matériels présentant un intérêt pour les pays méditerranéens au Salon international de défense IDEF 2011 qui se déroulera à Istanbul, en Turquie, du 10 au 13 mai, a annoncé jeudi l’agence russe d’exportation d’armements « Rosoboronexport ».
« Nous comprenons que plusieurs pays de la région sont membres de l’OTAN. Mais nos armements répondent parfaitement aux normes de l’Alliance. D’autant plus qu’ils surpassent sensiblement leurs concurrents sur certaines caractéristiques ou sont tout à fait uniques », a indiqué Anatoli Aksenov, chef de la délégation russe au salon.

Le stand russe présentera notamment l’hélicoptère Mi-171Ch, très populaire sur le marché international, les hélicoptères de combat Ka-62, Mi-28NE, ainsi que l’hélicoptère de transport et de combat Mi-35 que la Russie exporte déjà vers le Venezuela et le Brésil.

Les hélicoptères Ka-62, Mi-28NE et Mi-35 sont blindés, dotés d’armements puissants et d’équipements radioélectroniques permettant de les utiliser par tous les temps, de jour comme de nuit.

Par ailleurs, Rosoboronexport exposera le blindé de combat d’infanterie BMP-3M, les blindés de transport de troupes BTR-80/80A, les véhicules de dépannage BREM et le char T-90S qui a déjà démontré sa fiabilité et son efficacité.

Les visiteurs du salon pourront obtenir des informations sur les missiles de moyenne et longue portée Tor-M2E et Bouk-M2T, ainsi que sur le système mobile anti-aérien de longue portée Antei-2500.

Beaucoup de pays méditerranéens possèdent une longue ligne côtière et peuvent donc s’intéresser aux vedettes et navires de débarquement russes, aux missiles sol-mer et aux sous-marin à propulsion diesel-électrique. La Russie présentera la frégate Gepard-3.9, la corvette Tigr, la vedette d’artillerie Tornado, le sous-marin à propulsion diesel-électrique de 4e génération Amour-1650 et le simulateur Laguna destiné à former les officiers à la  manœuvre.

US arms industry makes strong comeback to Turkish market

Monday, April 25, 2011
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s utility helicopter program has been designed for maximum local industry contribution. As a result Turkish Aerospace Industries, or TAI, the programs’ prime contractor, and other Turkish companies will manufacture 50 percent of the platform in financial terms. This means, half of the $3.5 billion priced tag will remain in Turkey.

For long a time the United States defense giants have failed to win a lucrative Turkish contract in the face of competition from European and non-European rivals, but the spell was broken last week when Sikorsky Aircraft, a top US helicopter maker, grabbed the job to lead the production of Turkey’s next utility helicopter for the military.

Under the move by Turkey’s top decision-making body on defense procurement last Thursday, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies company, defeated Italy’s AgustaWestland in a $3.5 billion competition to lead the joint manufacture of 109 T-70 platforms, a Turkish version of the company’s S-70 Black Hawk International.

AgustaWestland is a subsidiary owned by the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica, the closest defense partner for Turkey in recent years. It was competing with the TUHP-149, a proposed Turkish version for its newly developed AW-149.

Turkey has two methods of defense procurement from foreign sources. The first is single-source purchases through government-to-government agreements, and the second is commercial tenders that are international competitions where more than one foreign company is competing.

In the first method, the U.S. is still the largest supplier of Turkey’s weapons systems. For example the U.S.’s Lockheed Martin will provide Turkey with 30 modern F-16 Block 50 fighter aircraft worth nearly $1.8 billion soon. Lockheed Martin is also modernizing most of Turkey’s older F-16 jets.

In addition Turkey is taking part in the Lockheed Matin-led, multinational program for new-generation and stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II fighter aircraft, and plans to buy around 100 aircrafts.

Commercial tenders

But in commercial tenders, U.S. companies have been failing against other foreign firms in the past 10 years. For example, in 2007 AgustaWestland won a multibillion-dollar Turkish tender to provide the Turkish Army with 51 T129 attack helicopters. Later the company grabbed another contract to make Turkey another nine T129s.

Also, U.S. companies, over the past 10 years, lost bids against Israeli firms to modernize the M-60 main battle tanks and to buy unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition, a South Korean company, Korean Aerospace Industries, won a Turkish tender for basic trainer aircraft, and an Italian company, Telespazio, topped U.S. rivals and won a Turkish contract to build a military satellite.

Turkey in recent years managed to locally design, develop and produce most of what it needed for its Land Forces and Navy by manufacturing armored vehicles and smaller vessels, and its new defense industry strategy calls for greater self-sufficiency in other fields, including some fixed-wing and rotating-wing aircraft.

Sikorsky is no stranger to the Turkish military. In the 1990s it sold more than 100 S-70 Black Hawk International helicopters in two batches. In 2006, it finalized a deal to sell 17 S-70B Seahawk naval warfare helicopters to the Turkish Navy. Recently it started deliveries, and in the face of a delay in deliveries, it accepted a Turkish request to provide an 18th S-70B free of charge.

Sikorsky Aircraft, based in Stratford, Connecticut, was founded in 1925 by aircraft engineer Igor Sikorsky, an American immigrant originally born in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.


AgustaWestland said it was disappointed it had lost the latest utility helicopter competition to Sikorsky.

« Unfortunately Turkey’s decision was to opt for an old design of helicopter instead of leveraging on the fruitful collaboration and advantages achieved with the T129 program for attack helicopters, » said Ugo Rossini, vice president head of AgustaWestland for Europe. « With that decision Turkey’s aerospace industry has lost a unique opportunity to become a major player in the helicopter industry through the co-development of a new generation helicopter. »

But Turkish procurement officials said Sikorsky Aircraft’s financial and commercial cooperation package was better and more concrete, providing Turkey with benefits worth billions of dollars for the $3.5 billion utility helicopter program.

Now, whether the U.S. defense industry’s comeback to the Turkish market will remain in place will mostly be up to who wins a new multibillion-dollar Turkish contract for long-range missile and air defense systems.

For that program the U.S. Raytheon-Lockheed Martin is offering its Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) systems, and is in competition with the Italian-French MBDA, Europe’s largest missile maker competing with Aster 30 SAMP/T, and Russian and Chinese rivals.

Most defense experts here suggest that the Chinese and Russian options are not compatible with NATO systems, so the actual competition will take place between the PAC-3 and SAMP/T systems.

In addition, the U.S. so far has not accepted a Turkish request made more than two years ago for the purchase of MQ-9 Reaper armed drones. « It will remain to be seen whether the positive climate between the U.S. and Turkey created by Turkey’s selection of Sikorsky Aircraft will extend to cover the sale of Reapers, » said one defense analyst.

Source : Hurriyetdailynews