Erdogan vows for turning point for defence industry in 2023 - Ankara News
by IANS | Updated Jan 10, 2023
"We are determined to make 2023 a turning point in the defence industry along with other fields," Erdogan said at a ceremony for the delivery of six new domestically made Firtina (Storm) howitzers to the Turkish Armed Forces in Sakarya province.
Two more Altay main battle tanks will be handed over to the army for tests before its planned serial production in 2025, the President announced, adding that this number will reach 140 in total, reports Xinhua news agency.
Turkish fighter drone Kizilelma, officially known as the National Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle System, will carry out its flight maneuver tests in 2023, he said.
Turkey will get the National Combat Aircraft (MMU) out of the hangar and present it to the public in 2023, Erdogan added.
All systems of the aircraft are successfully installed and its tests for the flight control system, engine and hydraulic systems are made, Temel Kotil, general manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries, told local CnnTurk broadcaster on Monday.
Turkey started to develop the TF-X or MMU project, its fifth-generation fighter aircraft, in 2011 and accelerated the process after the US excluded its NATO ally from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program due to Ankara's purchase of Russian S-300 air defence systems.
- Death toll in suicide bombing in Pakistan mosque reaches 72
- Covid-19 still int'l health emergency: WHO
- Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers in southern West Bank: Medics
- Iran summons Ukraine's envoy over presidential aide's tweet about Isfahan drone attack
- Israeli citizen arrested after crossing into Lebanon
- Egyptian Prez, US state secretary discuss Israeli-Palestinian tensions
- 331 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in past week: IOM
- Croatian Prez criticises NATO chief's visit to S. Korea, Japan
- Turkey may evaluate NATO applications of Finland, Sweden separately: FM
- Hungary reports strong tourism rebound in 2022