Turkey’s defense secrets handed over to Iran
TODAY’S ZAMAN / ANKARA-A .police investigation into the deadly Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam terror network has uncovered that Turkey’s defense secrets were handed over to Iranian agents.
A flash drive seized from the prime suspect in the case, Hüseyin Avni Yazıcıoğlu, revealed detailed intelligence reports gathered on Turkey’s defense projects.
A document pulled from the flash drive on Dec. 2, 2010, revealed that Yazıcıoğlu had collected sensitive defense industry data from advisers to ministers whom he met in Ankara. Some of the projects mentioned in the document are listed as follows:
Altay project, which began in 2008 as Turkey’s first domestically manufactured, new-generation tank, the national warship project (Milgem), the ATAK helicopter project by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), a Vessel Integrated Warfare Management System and a C4I project known as Genesis by Turkish defense software company Havelsan, long-range anti-tank missiles (UMTAS) developed by Roketsan as well as other projects.
The document also included the name of defense companies in Turkey in addition to the names of countries that they export to and what quantities they sell to BMC, FNSS, Koluman, Mercedes Benz Türk, Nurol Machinery, Otokar Koluman Kögel, Hema Industry, Adik, Dearsan, Desan, RMK Marina, Alp Aviation, Delta Eko, Global Teknik and Tusaş.
Another document from the investigation file, numbered 23, includes instructions to Yazıcıoğlu by his Iranian handlers on various matters. The examination of the document led investigators to conclude that Yazıcıoğlu had prepared reports on Turkey’s Alevi community, civilian-military relations, opposition parties and other issues.
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