Turkey going ballistic, eyes space-launched vehicle

ANKARA — Turkey has launched a project to develop a space-launched
vehicle (SLV).

“The project would provide Turkey with the capability to become a satellite exporter and the military with the capability to build intermediate- and long-range missiles,” a source said.

The sources said the ICBM project was quietly begun more than a year ago as a feasibility study financed by the Defense Ministry and Tubitak. The board did not announce the SLV project after its latest meeting, meant to discuss ballistic missile defense and naval corvette production.

Tubitak has also been contracted to develop an enhanced cruise missile. The agency was assigned to extend the range of Turkey’s current SOM missile from 300 to at least 1,500 kilometers.

Full article: Turkey going ballistic, eyes space-launched vehicle (World Tribune)

Turkey begins work on ICBM

The Turkish Armed Forces have begun working on a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), broadcaster NTV reported on its website today.

A decision to launch the project was made in a July 17 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Board, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel. Erdoğan had previously requested that the military develop missiles with a 2,500-kilometer range.

The board decided to form a satellite launch center that would have a two-fold effect on Turkey’s aerospace and military endeavors. First, the center will enable Turkey to place its own satellites in orbit, and second, the center will allow the Turkish military to launch missiles that can navigate outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Attaining an ICBM launch capability is reportedly the chief aim of the satellite launch center.

The Turkish Defense Ministry, the Defense Industry Undersecretariat and the Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), have been jointly working on the project for some time.

The report said Ankara could cooperate with an undisclosed Eastern European country to develop the satellite launch center.

Full article: Turkey begins work on ICBM (Hurriyet Daily News)