Turkey Formally Decides to Buy US-Made F-35 Fighter Aircraft

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  1. Drsomnath999

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    ANKARA --- Turkey has officially decided to purchase Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets. As a member of the international F-35 consortium, this was the country’s first official expression of commitment in buying the aircraft. The top decisive body of Turkish defense has also chosen Bell Helicopter as the next generation light copter for police

    Turkey’s top decision-making body yesterday paved the way Turkey’s formal participation in a U.S.-led program for the production of next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II fighter aircraft.

    “The defense industry executive committee has authorized the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry [SSM, Turkey’s procurement agency] to conduct talks for the aircraft’s purchase order,” the committee said in a statement after its meeting. The committee’s members include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz, Chief of the General Staff Gen. Neçdet Özel and procurement chief Murad Bayar.

    SSM and Lockheed Martin, the plane’s main manufacturer, now are expected to sign a formal document for the sale of the first two aircraft. This decision enables Turkey to begin the reception of the aircraft in 2015. Turkey is a member of the F-35 consortium but earlier had not been committed officially to buy the aircraft. It plans to operate around 100 aircraft eventually.

    Other members of the consortium include the U.S., Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway and Denmark. But there are other countries that would buy the aircraft that are not members of the consortium, including Israel. A recent decision by Japan to buy the F-35 has been a major boost for this aircraft program. Japan and Israel are expected to receive deliveries in 2016.

    Textron copters for police

    The committee also has chosen the U.S. Bell Helicopter Textron as the main producer of the Turkish police force’s next light helicopter type.

    The committee’s decision came at a time when the Turkish police prepare to assume a larger role in the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The Security Directorate will buy up to 15 light helicopters in a first batch to bolster the force’s capabilities.

    Bell was competing against Italy’s AgustaWestland and Eurocopter Deutschland, the European Eurocopter’s German arm. Bell later is expected to manufacture more light helicopters for the Turkish police force in follow-up batches. The company also is expected to cooperate in the production with the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Turkey’s state-owned aerospace company.

    The Turkish Security Directorate’s present helicopter fleet is made up of mainly U.S.-made MD600 light helicopters, which are getting older and more difficult to operate. The new helicopters should better perform police tasks, including tracking suspected criminals and intervening in incidents that could erupt during mass demonstrations, industry sources said.

    The committee also decided that SSM would buy 10 Anka unmanned aerial vehicles from TAI. After the first three tests of the vehicle ended with crash-landings, the final three flight tests held recently were successful. TAI already would have delivered three Ankas to the military this year, but the committee’s decision paves the way for the serial production of the 10 platforms.

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    I thought they will buy JF-17 lufunder,they are on 50% discount. BTW did they take permission from there master Pakistan to buy from ammerica
     
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    huh? Turkey already singed agreements back in 2007 to produces F-35 center fuselages under license from LM and an agreement to be a L3 partner along with Australia, Cannada and a few other countries. This is not an unexpected news given this background.

    And Turkey is a NATO alliance partner and has the biggest NATO contingent of troops in Afghanistan after US and UK. While it has an uneasy relationship with China over the East-Turkic/Uighur population and its treatment which is a major voter issue in Turkey.

    Its mainly Pakistanis dreaming that Turkey will be buying JF-17s while the reality is that the Turks probably aren't saying an outright no so as to not hurt their sensibilities. If you have a production license for F-35s INSIDE Turkey, it would be unlikely to expect Turks to purchase JF-17s from Pakistan let alone China.
     
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    Why in the world would anyone buy jf 17 over F 35, even the pakistanis know that!
     
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    [h=2]Turkey Authorizes Initial Purchase of 2 F-35s[/h]
    By UMIT ENGINSOY and BURAK EGE BEKDIL , Published: 5 Jan 2012 16:21


    ANKARA - Turkey's top decision-making body Jan. 5 paved the way for the country's formal participation in a U.S.-led program for the production of next-generation F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

    "The Defense Industry Executive Committee has authorized the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries [SSM] to conduct talks for the aircraft's purchase order," the committee said in a statement after its meeting. The committee's members include Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, Defense Minister Ä°smet Yilmaz, Chief of the General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel and procurement chief Murad Bayar.

    SSM and Lockheed Martin, the plane's main manufacturer, now are expected to sign a formal document for Turkey's purchase order for a first batch of two F-35s. This decision enables Turkey to begin the reception of the aircraft in 2015.
    Turkey is a member of the F-35 consortium, but until Jan. 5 had not been committed officially to buy the aircraft. Turkey plans eventually to operate about 100 aircraft. Other members of the consortium include the United States, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Norway and Denmark.
    Other countries have interest in the aircraft but are not part of the consortium, including Israel. A recent decision by Japan to buy the F-35 has been a major boost for the program. Japan and Israel are expected to receive deliveries as of 2016.
    The committee also has chosen the U.S. Bell Helicopter Textron as the main producer of the Turkish police's next light helicopter type.
    The committee's decision came at a time when the Turkish police are preparing to assume a larger role in the fight against the outlawed separatist Kurdistan Workers Party. The Security Directorate will buy up to 15 light helicopters, worth up to $100 million, in a first batch to bolster the force's capabilities.
    Bell was competing against Italy's AgustaWestland and Eurocopter Deutschland, the Eurocopter's German arm.
    Bell later is expected to lead the manufacture for the Turkish police of more light helicopters in planned follow-up batches. The company also is expected to cooperate in the production with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Turkey's state-owned aerospace company.
    The Turkish Security Directorate's helicopter fleet is primarily composed of U.S.-made MD600 light helicopters, which are getting older and more difficult to operate. The new light helicopters should be more effective at police tasks such as tracking suspected criminals and intervening in incidents that could erupt during mass demonstrations, industry sources said.
    The committee also decided that SSM would buy 10 Anka UAVs from TAI. After the first three tests ended with crash landings, the final three flight tests were successful. TAI would have delivered three Ankas to the military this year, but the committee's decision paves the way for serial production of 10 platforms.

    Turkey Authorizes Initial Purchase of 2 F-35s - Defense News
     

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