Turkey plans dedicated military satellite communications network

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) plans to create a dedicated military satellite communications network by launching five military reconnaissance and Earth observation satellites over the next few years.


The TSK’s newly-created Space Group Command will lead the initiative to expand Turkey’s milsatcom network. It also plans to deploy Turkey’s very own satellite positioning system as an alternative to the American GPS network.

The Turkish military does not have its own dedicated military communications satellite. It currently makes do with the national Turksat spacecraft. The plan to launch additional satellites would improve and expand the TKS’ satellite communications capabilities.

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