Turkey

flag-turkey

The modern republic of Turkey was founded by Mustafa Kamal Attaturk in 1923, in the wake of World War I. Turkey, however, subsequently struggled with periods of instability due to military coups that occurred in 1960, 1971, 1974 and 1980. The Islamist government today, led by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, successfully consolidated political power and purged the military of its top ranks, virtually ensuring against future military coups. The Turkish government faced significant domestic unrest in the summer of 2013, but it does not appear to be in danger of domestic instability. Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is a vociferous supporter of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, currently in control of the Gaza Strip. To this end, Ankara supported the May 2010 flotilla incident, where several Turkish citizens died attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Turkey seeks membership in the EU, but its Islamist government may prove to be an impediment. Turkey was a strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt before its 2013 demise. Turkey is also a leading actor in arming and organizing the Syrian opposition forces.

  • Military EXHD
    2.31% of GDP
  • Fit for Service
    35,005,326
  • Population
    81,619,392
  • GDP
    $821.8 Billion
E-3_SAUDI

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group Wins $12 Million to Provide Airborne Early Warning Support Services to Allied Nations

Odyssey Systems Consulting Group Ltd., Wakefield, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $12,184,292 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost reimbursable and firm-fixed-price modification (25) to exercise an option on previously awarded contract FA8721-13-D-0002 0004 for professional acquisition support services. Contractor will provide program management, financial management, administrative and other related support utilizing established government, contractor, and industry practices for the […]

turkish_pkm

U.S. Increases Support for Turkish Military Operations in Syria

U.S. aircraft have begun regular aerial intelligence surveillance in support of Turkey’s offensive against the Islamic State in northwestern Syria, in anticipation of increased U.S. support for the flailing Turkish military operation around the town of al-Bab. The increased support comes after weeks of U.S. military and diplomatic talks with Turkish counterparts, and Russian airstrikes […]

Putin_erdogan

Airstrikes By Russia Buttress Turkey in Battle vs. ISIS

Russian warplanes have carried out airstrikes to support Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria against the Islamic State, an important evolution in a budding Russian-Turkish partnership. The deepening ties threaten to marginalize the United States in the struggle to shape Syria’s ultimate fate. The air missions, which took place for about a week near the strategically […]

anka-s

Turkey’s Anka-S UAV on Course for First Delivery in 2017

Turkey’s military is on track to receive its first serially-produced Anka unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) this year, a well-informed Turkish defence industry source told IHS Jane’s . Known as Anka-S, the production standard UAVs are fitted with additional capabilities above and beyond those of the two Anka-A and single Anka-B prototypes already built by Turkish […]

Kirpi_mrap

Turkish Armor Makers in Talks to Produce 1,000 Vehicles for Qatar

A new multinational venture featuring Turkish, German and Malaysian manufacturers is in talks with Qatar to produce 1,000 armored vehicles — just one component of an aggressive marketing strategy that targets Gulf, Middle Eastern and Middle Asian markets. In August, Turkish manufacturer BMC, Germany’s Rheinmetal and Malaysia’s Etika Strategi joined forces to launch a Turkish subsidiary. RBSS, the […]

AIM-120_2

Raytheon Awarded $9 Million to Provide Support for Partner Nations’ AMRAAM Missiles

Raytheon Co., Tucson, Arizona, has been awarded an $8,604,775 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00003) to previously awarded contract FA8675-16-C-0044 for missile support. Contractor will provide additional required application-specific-integrated-circuit (ASIC) work in support of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile Form, Fit, Function, Refresh Phase 4a. Work will be performed at Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be complete […]

Turkish_troops

Turkey Raises Defence Spending to Stem Instability

Turkey has increased its defence and security budgets by about 11.4%, figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Finance show. However, these figures do not include extra budgetary resources earmarked for defence and security at a time when Turkey has been going through serious security problems at home and nearby in Syria. The combined defence […]

F-15E_Incirlik

Covering the Bases: Reassessing U.S. Military Deployments in Turkey After the July 2016 Coup d’État

Download the full report here (PDF). The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements. Today, American forces in Turkey are targeting the […]

NORTHERN_THUNDER_PARADE

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

F-16_Turkey

Putin’s Belligerence Reaches a Tipping Point

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet today after it violated the country’s airspace. The Turkish military claims it issued ten warnings before shooting down the aircraft, while Russia denies any breach of Turkish territory. The incident marks the most serious direct confrontation between a NATO member and Russia in half a century. Russian President […]

su-30sm_Russia_4

Russian Forays Into Turkish Airspace Challenge Ankara’s Syria Policy… And NATO

Russian warplanes entered Turkish airspace from Syria twice over the weekend, sending Turkish F-16s scrambling. In separate incidents on Monday, a Russian-made Syrian MiG-29 jet placed two Turkish F-16s patrolling the border under radar lock for several minutes. Later that day, Syrian surface-to-air missile batteries locked on to another flight of Turkish F-16s. The incidents […]

f-16c_usaf_incirlik

Should the U.S. Continue to Use Incirlik?

Turkey’s cabinet announced July 29 that the United States and coalition members targeting the Islamic State (ISIS) would be permitted to fly combat missions from Incirlik air base in south Turkey. This U.S.-Turkish facility is well positioned near the Syrian front, and offers the coalition greater tactical flexibility. It could certainly help in the effort, as […]

Turkish_armor

The Folly of Turkey’s Syrian Buffer Zone Plan

Ankara raised the prospect last weekend of a military operation to create a buffer zone along its Syrian frontier. While Turkey is officially part of a 60-nation coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), this military initiative would instead be focused on a different threat: the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (PYD) in Syria. […]

F-16EF_UAE

An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]

Category Name
QME

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 1,903* (75)

Aircraft 880 (364*)

Artillery 3,925 (120)

Ground Vehicles 10,229 (923)

Guided Munitions 19,336* (1,169)

Personnel 889,300 (0)

Ships 166 (10)