'New technology allows Turkey to attack Israeli targets'

Previous US system automatically classified all Israeli targets as "friend," disallowed any attacks on them, Turkish newspaper reports.

September 13, 2011 11:50
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F-16 fighter jet in flight

F-16 Fighter Jet 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS)

Turkey's Military Electronic Industry developed a new identification system for its F-16 fighter jets that will allow it to attack Israeli targets, according to a Tuesday report by the Turkish Star Gazete.

The previous US system automatically classified all Israeli targets as "friend" and disallowed any attacks on them. The new system will allow Turkey to determine whether or not a target should be considered "friend."

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After two years of development, the system is ready for use and will be installed on Turkish aircrafts, ships and submarines in the near future.

The report came a day after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Cairo, amid expectations he will blast Israel at a meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers on Tuesday as part of his efforts to be seen as the head of the Muslim world.

“Israel has become a spoiled child... Not only does it practice state terrorism against the Palestinians, but it also started to act irresponsibly,” he was quoted as saying in a recent interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk.

“Israel does not want to admit its mistakes or that the world around it has changed.”

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