Turkey wants to develop the most powerful destroyer in the Mediterranean theater

Since his accession to power in 2003, RT Erdogan, first Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014, then President of the Republic of Turkey since that date, has undertaken a vast national effort in favor of the armies, with a budget which has 20 years from $7 billion to more than $20 billion, despite a Turkish lira devalued by 80% of its value over the same period. Concomitantly, it undertook to develop a vast and robust national defense industry, with the emergence of several national and global players such as the missile manufacturer Roketsan or the drone manufacturer Baykar. In the naval field, the effort has been organized…

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What are modern Corvettes worth?

During the Second World War, corvettes were ships of limited tonnage, 1000 tons for the very prolific Flower class of the Royal Navy, intended to escort convoys against underwater threats and secure the coasts. Over the years, corvettes disappeared from the majority of large modern navies, replaced by heavier and more versatile frigates or less expensive missile patrol boats, while the threat on the coasts faded and that anti-submarine warfare needs were dealt with more by the submarines themselves, and maritime patrol aircraft. However, in recent years,…

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Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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Is Turkey struggling to find partners for its defense programs?

The development of the Turkish defense industry has been one of the strategic objectives of President RT Erdogan since he came to power in 2003. As such, he has granted very significant tax advantages to investors engaging in this way, and has often mobilized significant public funds to set up the necessary industrial infrastructure. Of course, such investments required results to match. And in recent years, the Turkish industry has become more and more visible in international defense exhibitions, to the point of beginning to be considered very seriously as a potential competitor by players in this sector. Among…

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Greece reportedly in talks with London for Royal Navy Type 23 frigates

The Hellenic Navy suffers from a cruel lack of frigates and heavy corvettes to be able to cope with the planned rise in power of the Turkish Navy, in a theater as complex as the Aegean Sea. This is the reason why, despite its limited budgetary capacities, Athens has been seeking for several years to acquire new ships, whether new or second-hand. A month ago, the Greek and Israeli authorities announced the creation of a joint venture to build the new class of Themistocles corvettes, based on the Sa'ar 72 model, from the Israeli group Israel Shipyards. But these…

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Modernization of the Pakistan Navy advances at high speed

The rapprochement between Beijing and Islamabad no longer needs to be demonstrated, particularly with regard to military cooperation and defense equipment. Following the tensions between the Pakistani and American authorities under cover of complacency observed vis-à-vis the Taliban rebels and Afghan Islamists, and in particular Osama Bin Laden, whose retirement had been identified by the Pakistani secret services since 2009, triggered an uninterrupted series of new sanctions since 2011. Already close to Beijing on defense issues, particularly vis-à-vis the hereditary enemy of India, Islamabad has therefore accelerated its change of allegiance, and switched the majority of its programs military imported to…

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The Beijing-Islamabad-Ankara axis strengthens under the aegis of Pakistan

When one evokes the possible breaking of the ban of Turkey vis-à-vis NATO and the United States, it is customary to imagine a rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow, considering that the casus belli will have been the acquisition of S-400 systems for the Ottoman forces. This, however, ignores the efforts made by the Pakistani authorities to bring the Turkish authorities to participate in the increasingly solid military and economic alliance that binds the country with China. Furthermore, in the event of an intense opposition between the United States and Turkey, only China would be able to support the country economically to avoid being crushed by…

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