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2007-01-24 15:44:00
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TURKEY: POL-MIL ROUND-UP, December 2006

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MASS MARR PREL AJ KG GR YI TS PK IS TU
SUBJECT: TURKEY: POL-MIL ROUND-UP, December 2006

(Note: This is one of a regular series of unclassified reports on
significant Turkish defense and national security issues in the
press and other open sources. End note.)

Contents
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-- National Security Council Convenes
-- Defense Industry Executive Committee Convenes
-- Anti-Terrorism High Council Convenes
-- Turkey's Security Relations with Other Countries
-- Defense Industry Activity

National Security Council Convenes
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1. Turkey's National Security Council (NSC) held its bi-monthly
meeting on December 28. Internal developments affecting Turkey's
national security and the PKK terrorist organization topped the
agenda. Recent developments in Iraq and the Iraq Study Group's
report were discussed and Turkey's related policies reviewed.
Participants noted the importance of intensifying Turkey's
cooperation with the USA, Iraq's neighbors, the United Nations,
Organization of the Islamic Conference and Arab League. Turkey-EU
relations and Cyprus were among other issues discussed in the
meeting.

Defense Industry Executive Committee Convenes


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2. Turkey's top decision making body on defense industrial
procurement, the Defense Industry Executive Committee (DIEC),
comprised of the Prime Minister, Chief of the General Staff and
Minister of Defense, convened on December 12. The DIEC was expected
to give its final decision on the tactical and reconnaissance Attack
Helicopter Project (ATAK), but postponed its decision after the
Turkish General Staff (TGS) proposed a trial of South Africa's Denel
and Italy's Augusta Westland helicopters, the two companies which
submitted bids for the helicopter tender. The committee approved
the purchase of 30 F-16s from Lockheed Martin and agreed on Turkey's
continued participation in the Joint Strike Fighter project. DIEC
also authorized the Defense Industry Undersecretariat (SSM) to
launch eight new projects with maximum local content under the
10-Year Procurement Program. (Turkish Defense and Aerospace Update
magazine)

Anti-Terrorism High Council Convenes


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3. Turkey's Anti-Terrorism High Council, chaired by FM Gul, convened
on December 20. This is the second meeting in 2006 but only the
third meeting since 1997. Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu,
Justice Minister Cemil Cicek, Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, Jandarma
Commander Gen Isik Kosaner, Deputy CHOD Gen Ergin Saygun, National
Security Council Secretary General Yigit Alpogan, Prime Ministry
Undersecretary Omer Dincer, Turkish National Intelligence
Organization Undersecretary Emre Taner and Turkey's Special Envoy to
Combat the PKK Terrorist Organization, Gen Edip Baser, attended the
meeting. There was no announcement of the meeting topics or
outcomes. (ANA)

Turkey's Security Relations with Other Countries


--------------------------

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4. Azerbaijan: Turkish Jandarma Forces Commander Gen Isik Kosaner
visited Azerbaijani Law Enforcement Commander Gen Zakir Hasanov in
Baku on December 6. Speaking after the visit, Gen Kosaner said that

his visit would constitute an opportunity to boost cooperation,
mutual assistance, exchange of information and training activities,
according to the semi-official Anatolian News Agency (ANA).



5. Kyrgyzstan: A Turkish delegation headed by Turkish General Staff
Head of Logistics MG Zafer Camlica met with Kyrgyz Defense Minister
Ismail Isakiv in Bishkek on December 9. The Turkish delegation also
visited the Kyrgyz National Guard Command and Border Services Unit

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to discuss military technical training. MG Camlica noted that
Turkey would provide $700,000 worth of technical assistance to the
Kyrgyz Armed Forces and Border Services Unit as well as $230,000
worth of military and mountaineering sports equipment and off-road
vehicles to the Kyrgyz Armed Forces. (ANA)



6. Greece: Greek Coast Guard Commander Gen Elias A. Sionides visited
his Turkish counterpart Gen Can Erenoglu on December 12.
Cooperation against regional threats, illegal migration and maritime
trafficking were discussed. (ANA)



7. Serbia: Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul received his Serbian
counterpart Zoran Stankovic on December 13. Stankovic visited
defense companies like Havelsan and Aselsan during his visit.
Noting Turkey's interest in increasing cooperation with Serbia, MOD
Gonul suggested that the two countries could learn from each others'
counter-terrorism experiences. (ANA)



8. Tunisia: Tunisian National Defense Minister Gen Mohammad Haddad
visited MOD Gonul on December 19. Noting that there were several
military and industrial agreements with Tunisia, Gonul said that 128
Tunisian personnel have been trained in Turkey (ANA).



9. Pakistan: Turkish land Forces Commander GEN Ilker Basbug visited
Pakistani Deputy Land Forces Commander GEN Ahsan Saleem Hyat and
Pakistani CHOD GEN Ehsan Ul Haq on December 19 in Islamabad. Gen
Basbug was decorated with the Medal of Honor by Pakistani President
Pervez Musharraf during his visit.



10. Israel: A delegation of experts on terrorism, intelligence and
the defense industry headed by Turkish Deputy CHOD GEN Ergin Saygun
held series of meetings at the Israeli Defense Ministry and General
Staff Headquarters on December 26. During the visit, the Turkish
delegation talked about developments in the Middle East and
proliferation threat in the region. Both sides presented their
analysis of the threat, and reviewed counter-terrorism cooperation
and intelligence sharing, including via satellite. (ANA)

Defense Industry Activity


--------------------------





11. Lockheed Martin won an $800 million contract to upgrade Turkey's
fleet of F-16 fighter jets. The company will provide 216
modernization kits to upgrade F-16C and D model aircraft in the
Turkish Air Forces inventory. This contract is the continuation of
an initial contract signed in April 2005 between the governments of
Turkey and the US. Some major Turkish newspapers speculated that
the tender was awarded to Lockheed Martin since US Special envoy for
countering PKK terrorism Joseph Ralston is a member of Lockheed
Martin's Board of Directors. The Defense Ministry released a
statement on December 28 noting that the project was under a Foreign
Military Sales program based on an agreement signed on April 26,


2005. (ANA)



12. TAI-TUSAS signed a $120 million contract with SSM on December 1
for the avionics modernization of 13 C-130 transport planes of the
Turkish Air Forces. After completing the project TAI will be the
second center, outside the US, capable of the repair, maintenance
and modernization of those planes. (ANA)



13. The Eurofighter Consortium, an Italian, German, British and
Spanish partnership which produces the air defense fighter Typhoon,
and is competing with the Joint Strike Fighter initiative, offered
Turkey industrial participation in the Eurofighter, including
partnership with the elite club for European aerospace industry.
(ANA)



14. EADS Astrium of Britain, IAI of Israel, Ohb System of Germany
and Telespazio of Italy submitted bids for Turkey's first
military-purpose satellite project 'Gokturk'. The project includes
the in-orbit delivery of one optical reconnaissance satellite, plus
one fixed and one mobile ground station. (ANA)



15. TAI-TUSAS completed the first AW139 helicopter fuselage and sent
it to Agusta Westland on December 21. The contract signed between

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TAI and Agusta Westland foresees production of 250 fuselages over 12
years. (ANA)



16. Aselsan announced on December 25 that it would supply Sikorsky
avionics, including FLIR, Multi-Function Displays, Flight Management
System, INS/GPS and radio sets for the second batch of Seahawks
being procured for the Turkish Naval Forces. (Turkish Defense and
Aerospace Update magazine)



17. Aselsan announced an extension of the proposal deadline for the
Turkish Airborne Reconnaissance Program from December 22 to January


26. The program covers procurement of four Podded Reconnaissance
SAR/GMTI Sensor Systems (SA-RENS) and related subsystems for the
RF-4E reconnaissance aircraft of Turkish Armed Forces. (Turkish
Defense and Aerospace Update magazine)



18. SSM announced an RFI (Request for Information) for 10 Heavy Lift
Helicopters to meet Turkish Land Forces' requirements. The deadline
for requesting RFI document from SSM is January 15.



19. SSM announced an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the acquisition
of six air independent propulsion submarines (AIP) for the New Type
Submarine Project. The Deadline for the RFP is January 31.


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