Sunday, May 26, 2013




Ottoman Empire

Modern Historical
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

U.S. soldiers stationed in Turkiye

Patriot missile batteries operated by NATO forces in Turkiye.

Incirlik Airbase is a strategic base in Turkiye often used by NATO forces to launch air attacks against other nations in the Middle East. Through Incirlik airbase, Turkiye is used like an aircraft carrier by NATO. It is believed that the U.S. has around 90 B61 nuclear bombs hidden at Incirlik. The B61 bomb can be used on Turkish F-16 aircraft.

At least six NATO operated Patriot missile batteries have been recently (June 2013) deployed along the Turkish border with Syria.

2 Dutch operated Patriot missile batteries at Incirlik Air Base near Adana.

2 U.S. operated Patriot missile batteries at the Turkish military base in Gaziantep.  Gaziantep is about 60 miles north of Aleppo, Syria.

2 German operated Patriot missile batteries in the city of Kahramanmaras

NATO operated radar base in the village of Kurecik in the Malatya Province? Predator unmanned aerial vehicles?

The Turkish government has admittedly supported forces attacking the Syrian government and is a key conduit for transferring weapons to these terrorists.
Turkish military forces illegally occupying territory in Syria and Iraq as of 2020.
Turkish military forces stationed in Qatar.
Turkish military forces and Turkish backed Syrian rebels are currently fighting in Libya as of 2020.
Turkish military forces also took place in the NATO "No Fly Zone" and naval blockade against Libya in 2012.
Turkiye has been a major destabilizing factor in the region since 2012, only behind the US, israel and Saudi Arabia.

612,000 total military personnel (2008)
Turkiye has the second largest army in NATO, only second to the United States.

Turkish NATO contingent in Afghanistan.

Northern Cyprus
Violence between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots from 1963-1974. The Greek government and the EOKA-B backed a coup that took democratically elected Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios III out of power. Makarios wanted to bring peace between the two communities on the island. In July of 1974 Turkiye invaded Cyprus. There are 30,000 Turkish soldiers are stationed in Northern Cyprus. 
2022- Turkiye plans on building a drone base in Northern Cyprus 

Project Gokturk-2 satellite

Turkish Armed Forces
Turk Silahli Kuvvetleri (TSK)

Turkish Air Force
Turk Hava Kuvvetleri
60,000 personnel

F-16 fighter aircraft (227)

F-4E Phantom II aircraft or F-4E 2020 Terminator upgrade (152)

F-5 trainer aircraft (12)

T-38 Talon trainer aircraft (67)
T-37 Tweet trainer aircraft (49)
TAI Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft made by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)

SF-260 trainer aircraft (36)
KAI KT-1 South Korean made trainer aircraft (24)
C-130 transport aircraft (15)
C-160 Transall transport aircraft (17)
CN-235 transport aircraft (45)

Boeing 737 MESA Peace Eagle aircraft used for Aerial Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)

KC-135R air refueling aircraft (7)

UH-1 helicopters (63)

AS 532 Cougar helicopters (20)

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
MQ-9 reaper
MQ-1 Predator
RQ-7 Shadow 600
Searcher II
GNAT 750
Harpy unmanned aerial vehicles/loitering munitions
Dominator unmanned aerial vehicles used for border patrol. Made by the israeli company Aeronautics Defense Systems (ADS)
TAI Aksungur- Turkish made unmanned aerial vehicles

TAI Anka- Turkish made unmanned aerial vehicles

Bayraktar Akinci (Raider)- Turkish made unmanned aerial vehicles

Bayraktar TB2- Turkish made unmanned aerial vehicle
Kargi anti-radiation loitering munition
Alpagu Blok II-Turkish made container launched  loitering munition.

Alpagu- Turkish made container launched loitering munition

Kargu- Turkish made quadcopter loitering munition

Songar- Turkish made octocopter drone armed with a stabilized 5.56mm light machine gun

STM Togan rotary unmanned aerial vehicles

AIM-120 air-to-air missiles
AIM-9 air-to-air missiles
AIM-7 air-to-air missiles
AGM-154 JSOW glide bombs
AGM-142 Popeye air-to-ground missiles
AGM-88 HARM air-to-ground missiles
AGM-84 SLAM cruise missiles
AGM-65 Maverick air-to-ground missiles

MAM-L laser guided anti-tank munition. Designed for use on unmanned aerial vehicles or light aircraft.

MAM-C light 70mm laser guided munition. Designed to be fired from an unmanned aerial vehicle or light aircraft. Developed from the Cirit laser guided 70mm rocket.

SOM (Stand Off Missile) air-launched cruise missile. Turkish made.
Photo showing the SOM and smaller SOM-J variant 

Miniature Bombs under development by ASELSAN

 Bayraktar Keymankes light loitering munition


Air Defense

S-400 air defense system 

MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air missiles

HISAR-A short range air defense system 

HISAR-O medium range air defense system 

Rapier surface-to-air missiles
FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missiles

FIM-43 Redeye surface-to-air missiles
9K38 Igla (SA-18 Grouse) shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles
Atilgan PMADS self propelled surface-to-air missile systems (M113 with 8 Stinger missiles)

Zipkin self propelled surface-to-air missile systems (Land Rover with 4 Stinger missiles)

Sungur shoulder fired surface-to-air missile systems

Korkuk self propelled twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns. Capable of firing ATOM 35mm airburst ammunition. The Korkuk is a development of Aselsan and FNSS of Turkey. 

Command and Control vehicle for the Korkuk air defense system

M42 Duster self propelled anti-aircraft guns
Bofors L/70 anti-aircraft guns
Bofors L/60 anti-aircraft guns
Oerlikon GDF-001 anti-aircraft guns
Oerlikon GDF-003 anti-aircraft guns
Oerlikon GAI-D01 anti-aircraft guns
Rheinmetall Rh202 anti-aircraft guns
M55 (four .50 cal machine guns on a quad mount)

ATOM programmable 35mm ammunition. 

Turkish Naval Force
Turk Deniz Kuvvetleri
Approximately 48,000 personnel
Navy Headquarters located in Ankara

The strategic Bosporus Straits and Dardanelles are part of Turkiye. These straits grant access from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea.

Frigates (16)

Corvettes (7)

Submarines (14)

Fast Attack Craft (27)

Mine Warfare vessels (20)

Patrol Craft (16)

Turkish MRTP (Multi Role Tactical Platform) series of Fast Attack and Interdiction boats. Made by the Turkish company Yonca-Onuk.



MRTP boat with STAMP remote weapon station

Landing Ships (5)

Landing Ship, Tank (5)
Landing Craft, Tank (24)
Landing Craft, Mechanized (16)
Transport Ships (2)

CN-235 aircraft used for Anti-submarine Warfare (ASW)-9
ATR 72-500 aircraft (10)
Socata TB-20 trainer aircraft (7)
S-70 Seahawk helicopters (24)
AB-212 helicopters (14)
AB 204 helicopters (3)
AB 212 helicopters (14)
AB 412 helicopters (8)

Drones used by the Turkish navy:

TAI Aksungur (3)

Bayraktar TB2 (10)

Anka-S (4)

Anka-B (4)


ATMACA anti-ship missiles. Turkish made. Under development.
RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
Penguin Mk 2 anti-ship missiles
Exocet MM38 anti-ship missiles

STAMP (STAbalized Machine gun Platform) Remote Weapon Station used on some vessels. Made by the Turkish company ASELSAN Inc.

Turkish Navy pictures

Amphibious Marines Brigade (Amfibi Deniz Piyade Tugayi)
Approximately 4,500 personnel

Naval Commandos
Su Alti Taarruz (SAT)-Underwater Attack Commandos

Su Alti Savunma (SAS)-Underwater Defense Commandos

Turkish Land Force
Turk Kara Kuvvetleri
402,000 army personnel

5 Commando Brigades “Blue Berets”

Special Forces
Bordo Bereliler (Maroon beret)

Altay (Turkish made Main Battle Tanks) Still under development?
Leopard 2 tanks

Leopard 1 tanks
M-60A3 tanks
M-60 tanks

M-48A5 tanks
M-48 Patton tanks (kept in storage)

FNSS Kaplan MT medium tank. In development.

Otokar Tulpar light tank variant based upon the modular Tulpar armored fighting vehicle. Equipped with a 105mm gun. In development. 

Otokar Tulpar modular armored fighting vehicle with 30mm cannon.

FNSS Kaplan-10 armored vehicles with twin anti-tank missile launchers and 7.62mm machine gun

FNSS Kaplan-20 armored fighting vehicles with 35mm cannon and 7.62mm machine gun.

FNSS Kaplan-30 armored fighting vehicles with 30mm cannon and 7.62mm machine gun.

M113A1 TOW tank destroyers (with TOW missiles)
ACV-ATV (Turkish made tank destroyers)
ACV-AIFV (Turkish made Infantry Fighting Vehicles)

ACV-AAPC (Turkish made Armored Personnel Carriers)
M113 Armored Personnel Carriers
BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carriers

FNSS PARS 4x4 special purpose armored vehicle 

FNSS PARS 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle

FNSS PARS III 6x6 armored vehicle

FNSS PARS III 8x8 variant

BMC Kirpi armored personnel carriers (Made by BMC of Turkey)

Otokar Akrep (Turkish made 4x4 wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers)

Otokar Cobra (Turkish made 4x4 wheeled Armored Personnel Carriers)

BMC MPAV Multi Purpose Armored Vehicle (Made by BMC of Turkiye)

PARS anti-tank variant

OMTAS- Turkish made medium range anti-tank guided missiles. Can be fired from ground platforms or tripod.

L-UMTAS- Turkish made laser guided long range anti-tank guided missiles. Can be fired from helicopter or ground platform.

UMTAS- Turkish made long range anti-tank guided missiles. Can be fired from helicopter or ground platform.

BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles
Kornet E (AT-14) anti-tank guided missiles

AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles
9M113M Konkurs (AT-5) anti-tank guided missiles
MILAN anti-tank guided missiles
ERYX anti-tank guided missiles

Cirit laser guided 2.75 inch (70mm) air-to-ground or ground fired rockets made by Roketsan of Turkiye. 

HAR-66 anti-tank rocket launchers (Turkish made version of the M72 LAW)
RPG-7 anti-tank rocket launchers

Mk 19 Automatic Grenade Launchers
M203 (40mm under barrel grenade launchers for use with the M-16 assault rifle and M4 carbine)
AG 36 (40mm under barrel grenade launchers for use with the HK33 and T-50 assault rifles)
T-40 (Turkish made under barrel grenade launchers for use with the HK33 and HK G3)

Small Arms
MG3 machine guns
M60 machine guns
FN MAG machine guns
TAC-50 .50 cal sniper rifles
Barrett M82 .50 cal sniper rifles
JNG-90 (Turkish made sniper rifles)
KNT-308 (Turkish made sniper rifles)
Sako TRG sniper rifles
SVD Dragunov sniper rifles
Accuracy International sniper rifles
G3 assault rifles (standard issue)
MKE T-50 assault rifles. 5.56x45mm. Upgraded HK33
MPT-76 modular assault rifles. 7.62x51mm and 5.56x45mm versions.
HK 33 assault rifles
M-16 assault rifles
M4 carbines
MP5 sub-machine guns
Kobra 12 gauge shotguns
Baba 12 gauge shotguns
Kilinc 2000 pistols (Turkish made copy of the CZ-75. Standard sidearm for officers. 9mm)
Yavuz 9mm pistols (Turkish made copy of the Beretta 92. Standard service pistol)

M125A1 self propelled mortar (M113 with 81mm mortar)
ACV-AMV self propelled mortar (Turkish made ACV-300 with 81mm mortar)
M19 60mm mortars
M1 81mm mortars
M29 81mm mortars
M30 107mm mortars

Towed Artillery
M115 203mm towed howitzer

Panter 155mm towed howitzer (Turkish made howitzer based on the FH-2000)
M114 155mm towed howitzer
M101 105mm towed howitzer
M116 75mm towed howitzer

Self Propelled Artillery
M110 203mm self propelled howitzers
M107 175mm self propelled howitzers
T-155 Firtina 155mm self propelled howitzers (Turkish made)

M-55 155mm self propelled howitzers
M-44T 155mm self propelled howitzers. Modernized by Turkiye.
M-52T 155mm self propelled howitzers. Modernized by Turkiye.

M-108T 105mm self propelled howitzers. Modernized by Turkiye.

Multiple Rocket Launchers
TRG-300 Kasirga 302mm multiple rocket launchers. Developed from the Chinese WS-1

M270 MLRS 227mm multiple rocket launchers


T-122/300 modular self propelled multiple rocket launcher capable of firing 122mm or 300mm rockets. Can fire forty 122mm rockets from two sealed pods or four 300mm rockets from four sealed pods.

T-122 Sakarya (Turkish made 122mm multiple rocket launchers based on the BM-21)

T-107/122 modular self propelled multiple rocket launcher capable of firing 107mm or 122mm rockets. Fires sixty 107mm rockets from three sealed pods or twenty 122mm rockets from one sealed pod.

T-107 MBRL (Turkish made 107mm towed multiple rocket launchers)

MAKSAM RA 7040 (Turkish made 70mm rocket launchers mounted on a truck. 40 tubes per launcher). RA stands for Roket Atar 7040 (Rocket Launcher 7040). Fires the same 2.75 inch (70mm) rockets used on attack aircraft and attack helicopters.

TR-107 rockets
TR-122 rockets
TRB-122 extended range rockets
TR-300 rockets

ATACMS missile may be used on the M270 MLRS

Ballistic Missiles
J-600T Yildirim I Short range ballistic missile based on the Chinese B-611. 150km range.

J-600T Yildirim II Short range ballistic missiles (Yildirim missiles with an improved range of 300km)

KHAN 610mm guided missiles. 

TRG-300 TIGER 300mm guided missiles. May be used on the T-300, T-122/300 or MCRL-122/300

ATACMS MGM-140 Block 1 missiles (fired from the M270 MLRS) 160km (99 mile) range.

Army Aviation
T-129 ATAK (Turkish made attack helicopters based on the Agusta A129 Mangusta. May be armed with UMTAS or Cirit missiles. Still under development?

AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters with Hellfire antitank missiles.

AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters
UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters

S-70 helicopters
AS532 Cougar helicopters
UH-1 Iroquois helicopters
UH-1N Twin Huey helicopters
OH-58 Kiowa helicopters used for reconnaissance and surveillance
AB206 Jet Ranger utility helicopters

Bayraktar mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Malazgirt mini Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (rotary)

Presidential Guard


Coast Guard

Gendarmerie (Jandarma)
Jandarma Ozel Harekat- Gendarmerie special operations group

Turkish Intelligence
Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT)
National Intelligence Organization

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)
FNSS Defence
Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK)
DEARSAN shipyards 
Savunma Teknolojileri Mühendislik (STM)
SADAT- Private military contractors  
Lentatek – Formerly known as Vestel.

Right Wing Turkish Groups
Nationalist Movement Party- Milliyetci Hareket Partisi (MHP)

Grey Wolves (Bozkurtlar)
Secret right wing ultra nationalist organization. Blamed for arson attacks in Greece and a couple of assassinations.

Use Turkish nationalist symbols and wolves in their symbolism. Hand sign.

Turkish military pictures

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