Turkey launches intercontinental ballistic missile development project

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  1. Predator

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    The Turkish Armed Forces have begun working on a project to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), Hurriyet Daily News reported citing broadcaster NTV.

    A decision to launch the project was made during a July 17 meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Board, headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and General Staff chief Necdet Özel.

    ErdoÄŸan had previously requested that the military develop missiles with a 2,500-kilometer range.

    According to NTV, 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 TÃœBÄ°TAK. 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.

    http://www.panarmenian.net/eng/news/116999/
     
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    Why do the Turks need a ICBM. This is not needed for Iran or for the matter for Greece.

    They are a NATO member country and what is the need for this missile, except boosting their ego.
     
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    possibly as a hedge against iran, turkey is playing a huge role using FSA to take down iranian ally syria, the angry iranians might be planning revenge on turkey
     
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    Turkey wants to become the leader of the Islam world, and for that to happen they need to have both nukes and long range rockets.
     
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    For IRAN an ICBM is not required.

    However as tony4562 has mentioned, Turkey has ambitions to be the leader of the Islamic world and what better way to have a show of strength with an ICBM.
     
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    the report mentions missile range of 2500kms

    Distance Calculator - How far is it from Istanbul – Turkey...
    Distance from Istanbul to Tehran, 2042 kms

    missile wont be a true ICBM but what is needed by turkey to target iran
     
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    People who wish evil upon others are the first to go down my friend. Have humanity in your heart and God will be on your side.
     
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    to shoot the same towards Pakistan. :wave:
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    You really think so?

    Whatever for?

    They ruled Arabia.

    Could it not be that they want to rule Arabia once again?

    Arabs hate Turks and vice versa!
     
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    Worry about those in East Turkestan and off course the Tibetans.
     
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    Istanbul is on the western extremity of Turkey, while they share a border with Iran on their eastern side. So major targets in Iran will be within 1000 kms from Turkish land.
     
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    The missile would be a MRBM(Medium range Ballistic missile).

    source:Wikipedia-Medium range ballistic missile

    Example: Indian Agni 2,4.
     

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