Category Archives: Drones

Turkey’s Negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Armed Drones

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has recently re-intiated peace talks with Abdullah Ocalan and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). Erdogan’s AKP, like Turgut Ozal’s Motherland Party, has sought to address Turkey’s Kurdish Issue – or the Kurds’ Turkey Problem – … Continue reading

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Offsets: Turkey’s Military Procurement Policy

At the ceremony celebrating the building of Turkey’s first domestically produced research vessel, Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nihat Ergün told the crowd “We accept that the maritime research in the country is inadequate, however, we are determined to make changes. … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Cruise Missile and the Disconnect with the Red Book

At the height of the Turkish – Iranian rapprochement, Ankara made news when it announced that it had removed Iran, Iraq, Russia, and Greece from the “Red Book” – Turkey’s national security document. The move, which coincided with Turkey’s defense … Continue reading

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Tacit and Explicit Knowledge: Why Most Claims about Syrian Weapons are Overblown

Recent news reports have claimed that Syria has modified surplus Mig-21s to be flown unmanned and to carry and deliver chemical weapons. According to the press report: On 21 June 2012, Syrian pilot Col Hassan Hamada took off in a … Continue reading

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2013 Predictions for Turkey’s Missile and Drone Programs

Apologies for my prolonged absence. I was in Los Angeles for the past two weeks, where I  was busily analyzing LA’s food truck scene and re-acquanting myself with my favorite Mexican restaurants. I have concluded that Istanbul needs to import … Continue reading

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Israeli Tactics, Turkish Dreams – Why Ankara should think again about armed drones

The killing of Hamas military commander, Ahmed al-Jabari, with a pinpoint missile strike yesterday has prompted condemnation from the Turkish foreign ministry and has led  some Turkish protesters to gather and protest outside the Fatih mosque in Istanbul. The international community has … Continue reading

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Turkey and Israel take a tiny step towards a military-to-military rapprochement

Today’s Zaman reported on Monday (11 November) that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) is restructuring itself to wage a more effective military campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). According to the report: [Chief of the General Staff Necdet] Özel … Continue reading

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Israel: Turkey’s Former Hi-Tech Weapons Supplier

After signing a defense cooperation agreement in 1996, Turkey turned to Israel for the supply of advanced arms. As I outlined in this National Interest piece, Turkey borders three states known to have pursued dual-use nuclear-weapons capabilities and ballistic-missile technologies. Therefore, … Continue reading

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