World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has introduced its first indigenous main battle tank (MBT) Altay on Thursday in Sakarya, western province of Turkey.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the ceremony that Turkey became one of the few countries that could design and produce MBTs and thanked Turkish Defense Ministry, Turkish General Staff, Undersecretariat for Defense Industry, Otokar and all related offices for making Turkey proud.
He said Altay project would contribute to the prestige of Turkey and carry Turkey forward in the world defense league.
Saying that all the facilitation and talents within the country were used for the project, Erdogan underlined that with Altay, Turkey not only produced a MBT but also invested in the future of defense industry.
The debut ceremony was hold at the contractor firm Otokar's facilities. Erdogan was briefed about Altay and rode on a battle vehicle "Kaya" along with chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel before the ceremony.
Named in honor of Army General Fahrettin Altay (1880-1974) who commanded the 5th Cavalry Corps in the final stage of the Turkish War of Independence, Altay's design and intellectual property rights will all belong to Turkey.
The project was initiated with an agreement signed between Otokar and Undersecretariat for Defense Industries of the Republic of Turkey on March 2007, when the Defense Industries Executive Committee awarded a contract worth approximately $500 million to Otokar for the design, development and production of 4 prototypes of a national main battle tank.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry has strongly condemned the "barbarous" murder of Japanese citizen Yukawa
Ahmed al-Najjar, who heads the Peace, Solidarity and Relief Society NGO in the Gaza Strip, said that his organization collaborated with the Turkish Aziz Mahmud Hudayi charity to distribute the winter aid.
Turkey's president decided to visit Somalia despite a bomb exploding near a hotel in Mogadishu where a Turkish delegation was staying.
Deputy FMs from Iran, the UK, France and Germany will meet in Istanbul on Jan. 29.
The one-day visit is proving to be an important topic for Ethiopian media for the third day in a row.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently visiting Djibouti
12 Turkish climbers have been reported missing in the Pierian Mountains
Turkey’s Ministry of Education is working on a program to replace schools run by the Gulen movement abroad and will soon complete the task,Turkish President says.
Turkish national flag to be flown at half-mast across Turkey and at foreign delegations Saturday.
Turkish transportation minister is in Malta on Friday whilst in other news 20 migrants were reported dead off the coast of Malta.
In Davos, Volkan Bozkir calls for UN to change to adapt to 'new situations.'
Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, wants to finance new natural gas pipeline planned to pass through Turkey, said banks's Deputy Chairman.
The premier says Turkey does not have a problem with the UN Security Council, but this is a structure which emerged after WWII.
Turkey calls for tolerance and enhanced understanding between religions and cultures, says Turkish ambassador to the UN.
Policies based on sectarianism create fertile ground for radical terrorist groups, according to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.