Turkey, Germany sign deal on six Class-214 submarine July 2nd, 2009  ANKARA, – Turkey will sign an agreement Thursday with Germany to jointly build six submarines for the Turkish Naval Forces, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. The deal covers six Class-214 air-independent propulsion submarines for the Turkish Naval Forces and will significantly improve the navy’s capability to undertake longer underwater operations, the report cited a statement by the German embassy in Ankara as saying. The Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), which is part of the German ship-building giant Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, and Turkey’s Golcuk Naval Shipyard based in the Kocaeli Province will participate in the production, said the report. It didn’t disclose financial details, but quoted Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul as saying that Turkish industrial participation in the project would be worth around 80 percent of the total value of the deal. The HDW will preassemble structural and mechanical parts of the submarines, or classified elements such as the fuel cells and propulsion systems, in Germany and then ship them to Turkey, according to the report. All electronic and weapon systems, including sensor, communications, and data processing systems, will be designed and produced by the Turkish side. Senior Turkish and German government officials and naval forces commanders will attend the signing ceremony scheduled on Thursday, said the report. (Xinhua)

Turkish army's aerobic demonstration team, the Turkish Stars, perform, during the graduation ceremony of Turkish air force cadets at the Air Force war Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Aug. 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Ibrahim usta)

Turkish Stars, an air force aerobatic team, perform during a graduation ceremony at the Air Force War Academy in Istanbul August 31, 2009. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY MILITARY)

Turkish Stars, an air force aerobatic team, perform during a graduation ceremony at the Air Force War Academy in Istanbul August 31, 2009. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY MILITARY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Turkish Stars, the aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a manoeuvre during a ceremony marking the 87th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara August 30, 2009.
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Turkish Stars, the aerobatic team of the Turkish Air Force, perform a manoeuvre during a ceremony marking the 87th anniversary of Victory Day in Ankara. Turkey's military flexed its muscle with parades and flypasts in major cities Sunday to mark Victory Day against a backdrop of intense debate on a government plan to peacefully end a 25-year bloody Kurdish insurgency.
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Turkish submarines line up during a military parade marking the 87th anniversary of Victory Day in Istanbul. Turkey's military flexed its muscle with parades and flypasts in major cities today to mark Victory Day against a backdrop of intense debate on a government plan to peacefully end a 25-year bloody Kurdish insurgency.
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Turkish naval officers on board an Oruc Reis frigate take part in a ceremony at the Bosphorus to mark the 87th anniversary of Victory Day in Istanbul August 30, 2009.
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Turkish submarines line up during a military parade marking the 87th anniversary of Victory Day in Istanbul. Turkey's military flexed its muscle with parades and flypasts in major cities today to mark Victory Day against a backdrop of intense debate on a government plan to peacefully end a 25-year bloody Kurdish insurgency.
(AFP/Bulent Kilic)

Turkish air force patrollers fly by as a soldier stands guard during the ceremony celebrating the 94th anniversary of Anzac Day in Canakkale, Turkey, in April. Turkey's "Anatolian Eagle" joint aerial exercise has been postponed this year because of Ankara's decision to exclude Israel, the Israeli army said in a statement on Sunday.
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2006, file photo shows a tank as it takes part in the Cypriot National Guard exercise 'Nikiforos' in Kalo Horio at the firing range near coastal city of Larnaca, Cyprus. Officials say annual military exercises that Cyprus and Turkey separately hold on the divided island have been called off to avoid tensions during ongoing reunification talks. The Greek Cypriot 'Nikiforos' land, sea and air maneuvers are conducted in late October, immediately followed by the joint Turkish and Turkish Cypriot 'Toros' exercise.
(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

In this Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 file photo, Turkish naval ships are seen in the Mediterranean Sea off the shore of the Israeli city of Haifa during a joint U.S., Israeli and Turkish military exercise. Turkey has canceled an annual joint air force drill that was to have taken place this week because it opposed Israeli participation, the Israeli military said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.
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