Turkey reaches drone deal with Israel after delays

Turkey and Israel signed a deal in 2005 for the supply of the unmanned aircraft, worth $185 million.

Turkey reaches drone deal with Israel after delays

Turkey has reached an agreement with Israel to purchase 10 Heron drones from Israel and a deal would be announced within one or two days, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) said on Tuesday.

"We've reached agreement with procurement office. We expect to announce an agreement within a few days," TAI Chief Executive Muharrem Dortkasli told reporters.

Turkey and Israel signed a deal in 2005 for the supply of the unmanned aircraft, worth $185 million.

Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul had said Turkey gave Israeli contractors 50 days to fulfil a long-delayed deal for the delivery of 10 drone aircraft for the Turkish army.

"The deal has not been called off. We've just given Israel a 50-day deadline to fulfill a number of terms of the agreement," Vecdi Gonul said.

"Firstly, delivery of the planes have been delayed and the second thing is that there are certain shortcomings about the technical performance of the planes," Gonul said.

Turkish media reported this week that Turkey had returned the only two planes to have been delivered on grounds they failed to meet the required technical norms concerning flying altitude and time.

TAI is partners in the venture to build the Herons with Air Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israeli defence manufacturer Elbit.


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