The government has been increasing the financial resources earmarked for defense research and development (R&D) since 2004, the year it canceled costly co-production projects for things such as attack helicopters and main battle tanks. Instead, the government initiated a model for such costly projects based on using the maximum local content possible and for which the foreign suppliers of the given systems also agreed to certain technology transfers that
Taking into consideration the fact that domestic production of highly sophisticated military technologies take years, with the governments allocating a huge amount of resources for the development of indigenous weapons systems,
Yet, Turkish decision-makers opt to portray the relative improvements that have boosted the Turkish defense industry infrastructure as though
The first three early delivery, basic configuration T129 attack helicopters were put into service last week with a ceremony held at the Turkish Army Aviation Command in
Several pro- and anti-government dailies announced the delivery of the three attack helicopters, which had been delayed for more than a year, as "
The T129 Attack and Reconnaissance Helicopter (ATAK) Program, which comprises the main batch of 50 T129B plus nine early delivery helos (three of which were delivered last week) is being conducted by
Although the majority of the helicopters are to be built in
It is true that the main batch of 50 T129B helicopters will also be fitted with Turkish products manufactured by several companies, including
Speaking during the delivery ceremony for the first three attack helicopters, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that the T129Bs' armament will include Roketsan's locally developed Mizrak-U long-range, infrared-guided, anti-tank missile and Cirit laser-guided 70 mm rocket.
"The only production line for these helicopters is in
However, Erdogan's remarks contain a great degree of a propaganda that does not reflect reality in the sense that
The TAI statement posted on its website on
"T129 ATAK is the result of the integration of nationally developed high-tech avionic equipment and weapon systems with the combat proven A129 airframe, with upgraded engines, transmission, and rotor blades," it said.
In the past, it was the military that deceived the public about
The unaccountable status of the military lies at the heart of the problem and, as a result, the public can easily be deceived about
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