Zynda, the guy has written a bunch of hokey, heaped up with a dose of jingoism.
As of only a couple of years back, the Turks were struggling to operationalize their first short range radar. They have yet to scale to the wide number of applications or waveforms or form factors, a country like India for instance has already operationalized. Primarily because all this requires heavy involvement of R&D and time & effort. Take for instance their pride and joy:http://www.aselsan.com.tr/en-us/capabilities/radar-systems/air-defense-radars/kalkan-air-defence-radar
Does this look anywhere near a MPR in complexity, or an AEW&C system or the ones we are making for the BM network.
Tell me, if they are so far ahead in terms of mastering radar tech; why is the Smart L licensed?
This is their "concept" http://www.aselsan.com.tr/en-us/capabil ... ems/hsar-o
Consider, if the building blocks were actually available, would they be importing S-400s or any fancy Euro gear?
We have the following 3D radars having cleared trials and in production - MPR, Rohini & derivatives, Aslesha, Rajendra and derivatives, LLTR and MPR and derivatives.. yet it takes us at least 2-3 years to develop a new system and operationalize it, such as the QRSAM radar or the Atulya or the 3D TCR and similar new gen AESA units. And as a result, our radar imports have dipped substantially.
Now consider the Turks, they have thrown money every which where and while it has allowed ASELSAN for instance to cobble together kits of "state of the art" weapons systems made from imported subassemblies, they are yet to actually reach real own capability.
For instance, just look at the hodge podge that is their SAM procurement. They are looking to US, Russia, everyone and everywhere and yet this guy claims that all the building blocks are already achieved. Does that even make sense?
Second, the Turks routinely used to get fawning coverage in western trade mags. The reality is when their Israeli supported locally developed drone took to the air, its payloads were too heavy. Now draw your own conclusion about Aselpod vs Litening or Sniper.[
Thing is Indian military's foreign preference (quick capability to win wars at short notice), has led to a situation wherein even command guided Akash can give many ostensibly more advanced SAM systems a run for their money in terms of actual sophistication. The same IMHO can't be said for the Turks, whose erstwhile professional military is getting more and more hollow. Erdogan for instance gutted the AF of its fighter pilots because of coup fears.
Now for my rant, excuse me if I am preaching to the choir.
I see this sort of delusional talk such as that forum guy did amongst a lot of folks who have not been associated with any sort of tech development (unlike you) - they just think snapping fingers, hiring people with fancy degrees, and putting some money into the task means magic advancement. There is no allowance made for actual learning or the program management complexity and snafus common with large procurement let alone development programs.
You see the same kind of attitude on BRF amongst a few chaps with similar mindset challenges, going the other way, wondering why things in a relatively transparent system don't happen overnight. LCA took 30 years. GTRE has done nothing. The DPSUs are useless we import blah blah..
Some civil engineer or architect thinking that making a LCA is just like making sure mason gets x bags of cement and y amount of gravel, and "what, its not done yet". Or the other side, common to many over jingoistic types. XX got sanctioned, so guys we are the best.
No allowance made for first effort and hence mistakes, overprovisioning or underprovisioning which are all too common.
In all these threads there is a common mindset issue. They simply ignore the amount of time it takes to build a proper engineering and R&D set up which actually learns by doing and then innovates. We all know what happens when you change specifications slightly on some complex product and how the suppliers and vendors react, even when the so-called raw materials and processes are relatively established.
But these guys think you just snap your fingers, put money and the decade long cycle of developing world class products like radars which require multi-disciplinary investments in everything from electronics, to metal forming (e.g. the antenna processes), mechanical/hydraulics (e.g. the masts) let alone the complex advances in specific non COTS items like semiconductors and the all-important algorithms and the software to pull it off, just happen overnight.
India started its EW journey in the 70s and it has taken two decades of consistent work from the 1990's to know develop and deliver some proper EW systems to Navy, AF etc. Its the same journey Thales, IAI all made.
But somehow Turks are super special as are the Chinese and can magically move through space, and time to develop world-leading capabilities overnight.