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Saturday, May 09, 2015

Israel, Greece, Greek Cyprus alarmed by Turkey’s ‘game-changer’ landing platform dock

SPS Juan Carlos I (L61)As Turkey's Undersecretariat of Defense Industries (SSM) and Turkish shipyard Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. have signed a contract to build Turkey's first landing platform dock (LPD) on Thursday, this move was interpreted as 'alarming' for Israel, Greece and Greek Cyprus as it would change the whole security balance in Eastern Mediterranean.

The LPD, expected to be completed by 2021, is a part Turkey's national ship (MİLGEM) project and the country's recent moves to develop and improve its own defense industry.

Weighing 27,436 tons, 231 meter-long ship will be able to carry 1,200 personnel as well as tanks, helicopters, drones and warplanes with capability of vertical landing and take-off.

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