2013-01-01 19:09:11 UTC
total waste. Turkiye is not a global actor and does not need to be
one, therefore it does not need to increase its military's naval power
and to turn it into a global actor. Turkiye has only to defend itself,
therefore its military needs to be a defensive one, not a global and
offensive one. Military power is like alcoholism, when you take one
drink, you want to have another one, and another one, and another
one... It will soon kill you. $3 billions here, $3 billions there,
soon it will bankrupt Turkiye which is still a poor country. Those $3
billions could be used to remedy the real problems of its citizens
instead which would be money well spent.
Major Turkish companies bid for country's first aircraft carrier
Picture: The X-47b Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator
taxies on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman
in the Atlantic Ocean in this December 9, 2012 handout photo obtained
by Reuters. (Photo: Reuters/US navy/mass communication specialist 3rd
class Kristina Young)
1 January 2013 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL,
A defense industry summit set to convene in Ankara under the
leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday is
expected to evaluate bids for Turkey's first aircraft carrier.
According to a report in the Habertürk daily, the three candidates
competing for the bid will be the group companies Koç, Kalkanoğlu and
In an effort to increase the Turkish military's naval power and to
turn it into a global actor, Turkey will initiate efforts for the
construction of the first aircraft carrier to be made in Turkey. The
Defense Industry Implementation Committee (SSİK) will discuss the
offers for the bid to decide on which Turkish company will run the
project for the Turkish naval forces.
The project, named the Landing Platform Dock (LPD), entails the
construction of a 220-meter-long military base on the water and is
expected to cost $3 billion. However, since the Turkish Armed Forces
(TSK) currently do not have any planes that are capable of vertical
take-off and landing, the project will initially be used as a
helicopter ship. The first Turkish-made aircraft carrier will
reportedly be modeled on the Juan Carlos I (L-61) belonging to Spain,
which visited İstanbul last year.
The bidders are the RMK Marine, Desan and Sedef shipyards, which are
owned by the Koç Group, the chairman of the Chamber of Shipping
Commerce, Cengiz Kaptanoğlu, and the chairman of the Executive
Committee of the Chamber of Shipping, Metin Kalkavan, respectively.
According to experts, Koç and Kalkavan are the favorites for the bid.
As the first bidder is reported to have developed a unique design, the
second is said to be using the Juan Carlos I as a model.
Turkey's first national aircraft carrier is expected to be equipped
with a system that enables non-stop sailing for 30 days and 1,700
nautical miles. Its hangar and elevator systems will be constructed
compatible with the JSF (Joint Strike Fighter) planes which can take
off and land vertically that Turkey will acquire in the coming years.
It will also be able to carry up to 100 tracked military vehicles. In
the pool section of the aircraft carrier, two LCAC (landing craft air
cushion) hovercraft boats will be located.
At Thursday's meeting, the SSİK is also expected to decide on the
production for the National Ship Project (Mil-Gem).