Turkish Daily News reported that the Defense Industry Executive Committee had to postpone discussions on Turkey's Göktürk military intelligence satellite project, because of a delay in preparations, Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül announced late Wednesday, following the committee's meeting.
Göktürk will be Turkey's first military satellite and will be used to monitor borders, where militant infiltrations create internal security problems. Cost of the project is expected to be 200 million euros.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presided over the committee, which decided to launch negotiations over medium-range modern anti-tank projects with Russia's state-owned armament export firm, Rosoboronexport.
Contract talks with CESSNA about a basic training aircraft project for the Land Forces Command (KKK) will also begin.
Turkish military electronics firm ASELSAN will undertake modernization and procurement of the 35mm Oerlikon fire control systems and ASELSAN was also designated as the main contractor for the KKK's low altitude air-defense missile system procurement. The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) is charged with signing deals with firms for projects.
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