Turkey is set to construct a large military headquarters, which will house the Defence Ministry, force commands and the chief of General Staff under one roof, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Monday.
Turkey is need of a combined defence center, state-run Anadolu news agency cited Erdoğan as saying at the groundbreaking ceremony for the complex in Ankara, adding that the centre would instil “fear in enemies and trust in allies.’’
The complex will be shaped after its name, “Crescent Star,’’ Anadolu said, with the inauguration of the structure set to take place on the centennial of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey Oct. 29, 2023.
“In line with changing and developing defense needs, we are obliged to collect all the different (defence) institutions under the same roof and work with them in coordination,’’ Erdoğan said.
The complex will employ around 15,000 staff working across 900,000 square meters of indoor space, the Turkish president said, noting that the project spans an area totalling 12.6 million square metres.