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Turkish Air Force

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The Turkish Air Force (Turkish: Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) is the aerial warfare service branch of the Turkish Armed Forces. The Turkish Air Force can trace its origins back to June 1911 when it was founded by the Ottoman Empire, however, the air force as it is known today did not come into existence until 1923 with the creation of the Republic of Turkey.

The Turkish Armed Forces initiated a $160 billion (excluding the yearly military budget) modernization program. $45 billion is earmarked to go to the overhaul of the Turkish Air Force. As part of this program, Ankara aims to commission new combat aircraft (consisting of TAI TFX and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II) and helicopters (consisting of heavy lift, attack, medium lift and light general purpose helicopters).

According to Flight International and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Turkish Air Force has an active strength of 60,000 military personnel and operates approximately 668 manned aircraft (2014).

Aircraft Inventory[edit]

Combat Aircraft[edit]

ELINT Aircraft[edit]

  • Boeing E-7 Wedgetail x 4 (AWACS Aircraft)
  • CASA CN-235EW x 2 (Electronic Warfare)
  • CAS CN-235 Recce x 2 (Reconnaissance Aircraft)
  • Gulfstream G550 x 2 (Military Communications Aircraft)

Transport Aircraft[edit]

Training Aircraft[edit]

Aerobatics Aircraft[edit]

Helicopters[edit]

  • Bell UH-1H Huey x 64 (Utility Helicopter)
  • Eurocopter AS532 Cougar x 20 (Utility Helicopter)

Drones[edit]

  • General Atomics MQ-1 Predator x 10 (Reconnaissance Drone)
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