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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Smart Jews: Israel denies Turkish weapons purchase request

Someone here in Israel finally understands that we could one day find ourselves facing Turkish soldiers on a battlefield. An arms purchase request from Turkey has been denied.
Israel has declined a request by Turkey to purchase several different military systems, including an anti-tank guided weapon and a missile system for its navy.

The request by the Turkish government was rejected by Israel's SIBAT, the defense assistance and export organization, which is currently reviewing each order on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey said it wanted to buy the Spike non-line-of-site (NLOS) anti-tank guided weapon, the Namer heavy infantry fighting vehicle, and the Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI) Barak 8 theater-defense missile system for its navy, according to UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly.
You will recall that two weeks ago, Israel delivered the last of 170 upgraded M601a tanks to the Turkish army. It sounds like that will be the last weapons deal with Turkey for a while. Let them go buy from Iran or Syria.


At 12:25 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

About time.... Israel shouldn't arm a hostile regime. The relationship with Turkey will never return to the way it was before.

At 3:48 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

For what it's worth, there was a program on here in the US recently on the cable Military Channel, in their "Ten Best ___" program series. This one was on the ten best tanks of all time. According to the program, the 50 year old M60 design has inherent weaknesses that make it unavoidably very vulnerable on a modern battlefield. Even updated electronics, etc. can at most only partially overcome these weaknesses. The program also covered the Merkava and Abrams tanks. Both of these truly formidable modern tanks made this top 10 list and either of which could make short work of an M60.

That's if they even get that close to an Israeli tank. Israel also has anti-armor cluster bombs, delivered under the Evil Bush Regime, that are death to a formation of armored vehicles. Seeing videos of them dropped on US firing ranges having lots of old vehicles, including armored vehicles, is a sobering experience. Between the IAF's F-15s and F-16s armed with such weapons, backing up Israeli Army Merkava tanks and other combat troops, I really wouldn't want to be in one of those enemy tanks. The chances of an enemy tank even surviving such a hypothetical battle, much less actually harming any Israeli tanks or troops, are slim.

Historically speaking, Turks make very formidable combat soldiers. But then so do Israelis. In such a hypothetical war (say, in Lebanon or Syria), for that reason and others, my money would be on Israel.

But, yes, it'd be smart to not sell Islamist Turkey any very modern sophisticated weapons systems. Their other option is to buy second rate junk from Russia or China that Israel can beat on any modern battlefield.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger Al_K.Myst said...

Speaking of smart Jews:

The Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court rejected Wednesday morning a motion filed by Member of Knesset Mohammad Barakeh (Hadash) to separate the four charges of assault he has been indicted with after verbal and physical violence against police officers in the line of duty


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