In the days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deadly coup attempt, Turkish ambulance equipment suppliers are getting upgraded to equip the military, state media reported Tuesday.
Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported that Turkey’s General Directorate of Military Equipment and Armaments, or DMI, has begun installing more advanced equipment on the Turkish Armed Forces, as well as the National Guard and other armed forces.DMI has been receiving orders for additional ambulances and other emergency vehicles from the U.S., said the report.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan, right, shakes hands with then-defense minister Ismet Yilmaz after a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, May 25, 2020.
Erdogan has vowed to fight the coup attempt by “any means necessary.”
A Turkish Army officer watches the display of a Turkish Army helicopter in Ankara May 25.
In another move, the DMI ordered an additional fleet of three helicopters, one of which is a Type 91 Light Helicopter, or CH-53K, as the name implies, the report said.
The helicopter is capable of carrying up to three personnel and is equipped with two laser-guided bombs and a precision guided munition.
Dmi is also getting the green light for more advanced ambulance vehicles, including a Type 80S ambulance, the agency reported.
The helicopter was designed by the same company as the Turkish army’s main battle tank, the T-72B main battle, which is now being tested in Syria, the news agency added.
Turkish armored vehicles have been getting upgrades in recent years, with the military receiving upgrades from the DRI in 2012 and again in 2018.
Turkey received a number of new armored vehicles from DMI in 2016 and 2017, with an additional batch being delivered in October 2018.
The latest batch of armored vehicles received in 2020 was reportedly the most modern and advanced armored vehicle ever built by the Turkish Army.
The country’s Defense Ministry also received a new version of the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in December 2020.
The helicopter, which the DIR previously said was designed for air-to-air combat, is now under development for ground combat roles.
Turkey’s military has also received two new types of helicopter, the BMP-1A and the B-25J.
The B-75B, which was delivered to Turkey in 2018, was the first in a line of BMP helicopters.
The B-35 and B-52 are currently being developed as replacements for the B52, which has already been used for ground training.
Turkey’s army has also reportedly been awarded a number in new armored and armored personnel carriers.
The first batch of the B3-series armored vehicles were delivered in 2018 and they were initially deployed in northern Syria.
The new B-5M armored personnel carrier is currently being used in northern Afghanistan and Iraq.