Report: Israel spied on Turkish military training flights (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 05.02.12, 22:29)
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Ankara paper alleges Israel tapped conversations between Turkish
pilots on military training flights in order to discover intel on
training programs, flight strategies
"Israel wiretapped conversations between Turkish pilots on military
training flights," Turkey´s Today´s Zaman news website reported on
Wednesday, prompting Turkish authorities to initiate a program to
encrypt communiqués during the flights.
According to the report, originally published in the Habertürk daily,
Israel allegedly wiretapped radio communications between pilots of
Turkish fighter jets during their training flights at the Konya 3rd
Main Jet Base Command, with aim of finding out details about the
Turkish Air Forces´ (THK) training programs and flight strategies.
Acting on this piece of intelligence, the THK initiated a project to
encrypt the communication between the fighter jets. Turkish engineers
are currently working to develop a special encoding system for the
In Konya, aviators are undergoing initial training before passing on
to comprehensive combat readiness training, which is a final training
phase to become an F-16 fighter pilot.
Relations between Israel and Turkey, once close regional allies, have
deteriorated sharply since the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship last
May. Turkey cancelled all its military agreements with Israel
following the event.
In 2010, there were 16 agreements in effect between Turkey and Israel
regarding military issues, including cooperation and the mutual
training of troops. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/02/12)
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