Turkey Unveils New Fifth-Generation Jet TF-X, Indigenous Alternative to F-35
00:36 18.06.2019

Just as Turkey lost access to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Turkish Aerospace Industries unveiled a model of its indigenously designed fifth-generation fighter jet, dubbed the TF-X, at the Paris Air Show on Monday.

Turkey’s primary aircraft design bureau put forward at the air show Ankara’s answer to the loss of the F-35, a plane Turkey had once hoped to buy 100 of from the US. Washington recently put that deal on hold over its continued objection to Ankara’s purchasing of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

On the tarmac at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the dramatic unveiling showed the world a twin-engine, canted-vertical-tail fighter that looks a bit like an F-35, but with a narrower fuselage and wider wingspan, Military.com reported.

Here is Turkish Aerospace Industries’ TF-X mock-up.

TAI’s president notes that it is one of the makers of the F-35’s center fuselage, which gives it the industrial strength to build this fighter.

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​The resemblance should come as little surprise.

“On the F-35, actually, my company is building the center fuselage,” TAI President and CEO Temel Kotil said at the ceremony. TAI served as a secondary supplier to US-based contractor Northrop Grumman, which builds the majority of F-35 center fuselages, Defense News noted.

“So this means, in terms of manufacturing, Turkish Aerospace has enough strength to build this fighter,” Kotil said. “Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028.”

According to Defense News, the TF-X will have a top speed of Mach 2, a range of 600 miles, and will be capable of lifting 60,000 pounds upon takeoff. Its engines will provide the jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust each, making it roughly comparable to the Joint Strike Fighter, although a tad faster.

BAE Systems, which has collaborated on the program with TAI, boasted the TF-X will be “the best fighter in Europe” and capable of carrying the long-range, air-to-air Meteor missile under development by European manufacturer MBDA.

However, a Pentagon official contacted by Defense News declined to comment on whether or not the TF-X represented a firm move away from a Turkish F-35 buy, expressing hope that Ankara would come around to Washington’s way of thinking and renege on the S-400 deal. US defense leaders have voiced fears that if Turkey operates both the F-35 and S-400 together, it could reveal the F-35’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities to US adversaries, including Russia.

Ankara has also expressed interest in other fifth-generation aircraft, including Russia’s Su-57 and China’s FC-31 fighters, Sputnik reported.



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Israel Directs ‘Sophisticated Campaign’ of Anti-BDS Astroturfing via Shady Front Group
03:51 18.06.2019

Asa Winstanley, an investigative journalist and associate editor with The Electronic Intifada, told Sputnik that Israel spends $1 million a year on an online influence campaign aimed at slowing the momentum of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement through a front group directed by Israeli ex-intelligence officers.

According to an investigative report published by Winstanley on June 12, an organization called Act.IL, funded by the Israeli government, aims to create “an online community that will act to promote a positive influence on the international public opinion towards the state of Israel via social media platforms.” The organization is a joint venture between the Israeli American Council (IAC) and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).

According to the group’s website, Act.IL aims to “positively inform and influence foreign publics and create an efficient and effective battle against the growing trend of the boycott movement (BDS) and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.”

Winstanley told Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary hosts Sean Blackmon and Eugene Puryear that Act.IL “is funded to the tune of more than a million dollars in its 2017 budget, and a large part of its funding comes from the Israeli government. It speaks to influence foreign publics online, primarily, as my investigation established.”

According to Winstanley’s investigative piece, the campaign funded by the Israeli government had a $1.1 million budget last year. In addition, it has offices in three countries and an online group of more than 15,000 people. Through its app, Act.IL “directs comments towards news websites in support of Isaeli wars and racism, while attacking Palesinians and solidarity campaigners,” he wrote.

“These users are posing as regular internet users, and they do things like propagnize for Israel, basically, and they try and float the comments to the top of the pile by doing things like Facebook Lives and so forth. It’s a pretty sophisticated campaign, all in all,” Winstanley explained.

“Some of the funding comes from private donors,” he added, noting that the campaign, which was developed by former Israeli intelligence officers, receives financial aid from conservative American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. In addition, the Electronic Intifada also obtained access to disclosures from an Israeli ministry revealing that it is funding both Act.IL and its app.

“This Israeli ministry is called the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, and essentially it is Israel’s anti-BDS ministry. The CEO of this organization [Act.IL], Yarden Ben Yosef, is actually a former military intelligence officer for the Israeli government. It’s not an exaggeration to call him a spy,” Winstanley explained. “[The organization] has strong links to Israeli intelligence officers, and it seems that some of its most prominent and active users are employees, or at least they do work for it in some fashion. Within the app, it has rankings of the most active users, and I went through those rankings. I found that a great number of these active users were employees of Act.IL.”

In fact, screenshots from the app’s rankings in June obtained by The Electronic Intifada reveal that four of the top 11 “activists” in the app are current or former Act.IL staff. The staff members include Lior Sirkis, a former Israeli army spokesperson, and Daniel Gavriel, who worked as a security officer for Israel’s Public Security Ministry.

“I would argue that Israel is not unique in using this strategy, but I suppose it uses it to a unique degree in the modern world. I would argue that this is because Israel relies so much on support from the American government. It’s losing so much of the battle in Europe that it has to employ these kind of tactics. With BDS, specifically, just the fact that they have an entire ministry dedicated to combating is kind of an indication of how much they are dedicated to working against it,” the journalist told Sputnik.

“We’re talking about an organization that is supposed to be a military organization that is dedicated to fighting terrorists, and [instead it] is being deployed against a grassroots activist movement for Palestinian human rights, a nonviolent movement,” Winstanley explained.

Last month, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a report called “The Big Scam,” which claimed that “bots” and “fake accounts” were used by Palestinians during the boycott campaign against the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, The Electronic Intifada reported.

“They blamed bots for essentially running the BDS campaign against the Eurovision that took place in Tel Aviv. It was ridiculous, really. I read their report, and it was really preposterous. Their definition of ‘bot’ was so broad that it could be applied to anybody … They’re projecting what they do onto their opponents, essentially. They’re really kind of telling on themselves,” Winstanley added.


Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)(恒常的構造防衛協力)の枠組みで行われる兵器開発に、米国などEU域外の企業が参加するには、加盟国全てからの承諾が必要で、かつ関係する知的所有権はEUに帰属する。


US Will Be Able to Take Part in European Defence Projects Only Under EU Guidance
21:54 17.06.2019

Over the course of the last month, the US has reportedly pressured the EU on two occasions to drop its arms development project, known as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), or allow American firms to participate in it.

The European Council has in a recent statement announced the conditions under which countries outside the EU can take part in PESCO defence projects that are aimed at developing new types of armaments for European Union member states.

"The Council recognises that a third State could, and would need to, provide substantial added value to the PESCO projects, contribute to strengthening PESCO […] and meet more demanding commitments, while fully respecting the principle of decision-making autonomy of the EU and its member states", the statement said.

The council’s decision comes in the wake of two reports by the El Pais media outlet about US dissatisfaction with PESCO and the barriers that the project imposes on the participation of companies from outside the EU.

Namely, the US is reportedly "deeply concerned" by the need to receive a green light from every EU state in order for a foreign company to participate. Another point of concern for Washington allegedly has to do with exclusive intellectual property rights to developed products being retained by the EU.

The US also allegedly claimed that if the EU works separately on its own military equipment, then that "produces duplication, incompatibility of military systems, dispersion of scarce defence resources and unnecessary competition between NATO and the EU".

In another report, citing documents obtained from a meeting between US officials and members of the EU's Political and Security Committee, El Pais stated that Washington wants the EU to remain closely linked to US defence manufacturers instead of working on creating its own armaments. One US official reportedly warned that Brussels would have to either "renounce the use of the best technological capabilities which exist or develop their own".

PESCO is part of the EU security and defence policy, which seeks to boost cooperation between defence industry companies and states in a bid to develop European military equipment.



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