TURKEY - More Precision-Guided Weapons and Rockets

Arno Froese

Turkey is rapidly expanding its rocket-engine capabilities in an effort to build its weapons industry.

In recent years, Ankara has increased its capabilities in the defense sector by investing heavily in new drones and missiles. It wants to achieve total independence from Western manufacturers. To this end, it has purchased the Russian S-400 system and is seeking to build its own planes, tanks, drones, missiles, naval missiles and other systems.

In a speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is starting space trials for a liquid-propellant rocket engine, Anadolu state-run news agency reported.

Erdogan praised the defense company Rokestan for its abilities. Liquid propellant is also used by Iran’s regime in ballistic missiles.

“We will also continue our efforts to develop hybrid-fuel rocket engines,” Erdogan said. This is “high-capacity hydrogen fuel-cell technology,” the report said. It also included GPS receivers “for precision-guided munitions.” 

The defense industry was working directly with the government, Erdogan said, adding: “We never accept products from abroad that we can make in the country.”

Turkey has been on a nationalist binge lately, with new threats to Greece and other countries, and it brags about historic battles and turning historic churches into mosques.

Turkey links its new advances to challenges in the Mediterranean, where it faces off against Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, France and the UAE.

-www.jpost.com, 31 August 2020

Arno's commentary

Mr. Erdogan can be categorized as a religious nationalist, who would fit the motto, “Make Turkey great again.” That, however, can’t happen, because one cannot reverse time or history. 
     Turkey has been leaning toward the West—their legal system is based on various European systems, notably the Swiss Civil Code, and being a member of NATO.
     Erdogan took office as president on 28 August 2014; he founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001. Although Turkey has 83 political parties legally registered, the 24 June 2018 election result was a landslide victory for Erdogan (52.59% of the vote). Since Turkey is over 99% Muslim and Mr. Erdogan a right-wing religious politician, he has large public support.

     Many ask, what is his goal? We repeat: it’s, “Make Turkey great again.” Problem: the word “again”; one cannot regress in time. What once was will never be.

     According to the Bible, part of today’s Turkey, including its capital city, Ankara, was populated by the Hittites. The Old Testament mentioned that name 47 times, and 14 times as the descendants of Heth (Genesis 10:15). In the days of Abraham, some were located in the Hebron neighborhood (Genesis 23:1-20). Esau married a Hittite wife (Genesis 26:34).

     Of the present capital city, Ankara, the following:

     Ankara has been linked with a second millennium B.C. Hittite cult center of Ankuwash, although this connection is uncertain; in classical and medieval times, the city was known as Ankyra (meaning “anchor” in Greek and reflecting the city’s position as a junction for multiple trade and military routes); by about the 13th century the city began to be referred to as Angora; following the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, the city’s name became Ankara.


While the Turkish economy has been robust in the past, their trade balance is negative: $225 billion imports, to $166 billion exports. It seems that Erdogan’s intention is to show off Turkey’s military might to the world.

Erdogan’s desire to make Jerusalem Muslim is doomed to fail. The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the existence of the sun, the moon, and the stars, and writes in Jeremiah 31:36: “If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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