Turkey developing 2,500Km IRBM..with possibel ICBM to follow

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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.

The ICBM project, meanwhile, has sought to improve on the SOM cruise missile developed by TÜBİTAK. The SOM cruise missile has a current range of 300 kilometers. The range would first be increased to 1,500 and later to 2,500 kilometers within the project, according to the report.

The report did not elaborate on whether the SOM's planned 2,500-kilometer range would be increased even further or whether its increased range would be utilized to develop an ICBM separately, as missiles with ranges under 5,500 kilometers are not considered "intercontinental."

The countries known to currently have ICBMs in their military arsenal are Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and India.
POLITICS - Turkey begins work on ICBM
 

seaweed

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Putin's not going to like this.
 
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I know Greece doesn't have 2 cent's to rub together right now but it'll be interestifg to see how they react.

They have always tried to keep at least a deterrent capacity against Turkey and ballistic missiles might chage the status.
 
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mercurydancer

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Is Turkey known to be actively developing nuclear arms?
 
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The old CSS-2's they bought...probably rapidly going us with their age and not being great to begin with.

The Saudi's are seemingly already looking for missiles to counter whatever it is Iran is developing.

Saudis IRBM's are a subset of Pakistan's missile/nuclear weapons programme. All the comprehensive range of silos, launch and support network is there, its a doddle to upgrade the firework bit if you have deep pockets and the will.
Smart money is one of the current crop of Pakistani IRBM's will be purchased to replace the old CSS-2's, although China is said to be touting the DF-21 to Rhiyadd
 
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Saudis IRBM's are a subset of Pakistan's missile/nuclear weapons programme. All the comprehensive range of silos, launch and support network is there, its a doddle to upgrade the firework bit if you have deep pockets and the will.
Smart money is one of the current crop of Pakistani IRBM's will be purchased to replace the old CSS-2's, although China is said to be touting the DF-21 to Rhiyadd
Yep.......
 
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All in all, it's going to be fun in the instant sun the way things are heading.

Israel: Jews. Lots of nukes and missiles, a bit nutty and has it's fair share of shouty blokes with beards, and increasingly driven politically by the wishes of it's intolerant religious fundamentalists who hate all the other shouty blokes with beards.

Saudi Arabia: Wahabbis. AQ shouty blokes with beards central, has the missiles, and the warheads are just a phone call and a Pakistani AF plane ride away. Hates Iran.

Iran: Shiite, their shouty blokes with beards hate the Saudis with a vengence, still sulking over Imam Ali not getting the Islamic Head Shed job, has the missiles, soon to have the warheads.

Turkey: Sunni. Bad tempered and set fair to be the muslim regional superpower, wants missiles and the other toys will follow. Not big on shouty blokes with beards, but their Generals can be rather shouty and always up for a bit of a ruck.

Pakistan: Sunni. Madder than a box of frogs - lots of very shouty blokes with beards, has the missiles and the bombs.



Nukes and shouty blokes with beards are not a match made in heaven, but are the match that will put them all in heaven and causing a regional virgin shortage.
 

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