Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s interim government has appointed Vecdi Gonil as new defense minister on Friday.
Ismet Yilmaz, who was serving the position, previously had to resign as he was running for election as parliament speaker. He was elected as parliament speaker on Wednesday.
Gonul was defense minister position during three consecutive governments formed by Turkey's Justice and Development Party that began in 2002 when it was first elected to power.
Davutoglu was quoted as saying by various reports Friday that he proposed Gonul as new defense minister for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's approval as the government prefers someone who has knowledge and experience. It is critical time for the government as it is dealing with neighbouring IS militants in Syria.
"This office cannot be run by a temporary assignment or by an acting minister," he said.
Ankara is alarmed as Syrian Kurd are advancing against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The turkey is also fighting to topple Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad and various other radical Islamist groups at its border with Syria.
Turkey has deployed the first indigenously developed helicopters, T129 ATAK to support counter terrorism operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Anadolu agency reported . Two T129 ATAK helicopters assigned to the 3rd Commando Brigade can cruise at 269 kilometers per hour (167 miles per hour) and are capable to carry Hellfire missiles and guided rockets
Turkey's Havelsan will acquire flight simulation assets of Quantum3D that has US government units and civil companies as its customers, in order to increase simulation and training abilities. The deal with Quantum3D will likely to be finalized this year and its products will continue to be sold under the Quantum3D brand name like before, various media reported last week
The Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) has requested for information from various defense suppliers to procure MALE or HALE category Armed Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) for the nation's Air Force on April 28. The Request for Information (RFI) is issued by SSM within the scope of Armed UAS Project in order to gather general information on potential suppliers of the Armed UAS in the market and have an idea of availability of the required Armed UAS
Turkey is speeding up the process to choose a conceptual trainer alongside plans to build an indigenous fighter jet, Hurryet Daily News reported Tuesday. Turkish officials said the twin crashes were a forceful reminder of a pressing need “to go faster” in selecting a fighter aircraft model based on which Turkey would also build a trainer
Turkey will move forward with a deal to purchase a US$3.4 billion air defense system from China despite its incompatibility with NATO equipments
Turkey may consider renegotiating a possible $3.4 billion HQ-9 long range air and anti-missile defense systems deal with China
Turkey plans to beef up border security by flying zeppelins and building two-fence border system as part of an ‘integrated system plan to secure ‘critical parts of border to counter ISIL threat. Turkey will be beefing up security along the Syrian borders to block Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists transit points after the international community accused the nation of not doing its best to stop the flow of foreign fighters from Turkey to its neighbors
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