Turkey to install new air defense systems on Syria border



On the face of it, this is a purely defensive move by Turkey to protect itself from rocket attacks by IS terrorists. But hang on a minute, since when has IS attacked Turkey? Turkey is not only responsible for the supplies IS needs to continue it’s campaign, Turkish troops in jihadi disguise comprise a large portion of the IS forces; along with their Israeli, Saudi and US allies, Turkey can be said to be one of the fathers of IS.

So I very strongly doubt that there have been any rockets fired at Turkey by IS and this deployment of their brand new air defence systems has a completely different motivation, most likely involving Russian air strikes that have decimated the vast fleets of Turkish trucks that were busily hauling away the oil and resources of Syria and Iraq to line the pockets of the Erdogan family.

This info is from a December 2015 press release:

Turkey’s Korkut Self Propelled Anti Air Gun (SPAAG) developed by Aselsan has successfully completed all tests by destroying stationary and moving targets. The military plans to order an initial 42 weapon systems and 14 command vehicles to be delivered in 2016. A Korkut unit is made up of 3 SPAAGs and a command vehicle.

The system has twin 35mm guns that fire air burst ammunition . It has a range of 4km and can fire 1100 rounds per minute. The weapon system is fully amphibious.


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Hurriyet Daily News
Turkey to install new air defense systems on Syria border

Turkey is set to install new air defense systems at the Elbeyli border crossing in Turkey’s southeastern province of Kilis, as rocket attacks originating from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held regions across the border in Syria have taken the lives of 21 civilians in the province this year.

Developed by Aselsan, the country’s leading defense manufacturer, the counter-mortar “Serhat” radar system and self-propelled “Korkut” air defense gun system were recently installed at the Öncüpınar border crossing in Kilis, as part of plans by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) to upgrade border security.

According to reports by Turkish daily Habertürk, the systems will now be installed at the Elbeyli border crossing in Kilis.

Korkut, which has a rate of fire of 1100 rounds per minute, is expected to destroy rockets some four kilometers before they hit the ground, in cases where they are unnoticed by unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones.

Moreover, two batteries of Aselsan’s High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) will also be brought to Kilis alongside armed drones.

Meanwhile, efforts to seal off a 70-kilometer strip of Turkey’s border that stretches from just east of the Turkish town of Kilis to Karkamış were nearing an end, while a physical security system will soon be installed. According to reports, the wall’s construction continues in the southeastern provinces of Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay, Şanlıurfa and Mardin.

The structure, 70 percent of which is now complete, will be five meters high – including four meters of concrete and a meter of razor wire.

The border will be monitored 24/7 with unmanned bubbled surveillance systems dubbed “mini zeppelins,” also developed by Aselsan.

The surveillance system enables immobile facilities such as small units and posts to monitor local security and give early warnings. Coming in two different models, the surveillance system can convey images over a 360-degree area in real-time to the control station, with day and night cameras.

ISIL rocket attacks have claimed the lives of 21 since Jan. 18, including eight Syrians, in Kilis, while more than 80 people have been wounded.

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