Turkey finally receives much-delayed Israeli drones

Turkey and Israel signed an agreement in 2005 for the procurement of 10 of the unmanned aircraft, used primarily for surveillance.

Turkey finally receives much-delayed Israeli drones

Turkey has taken delivery of six Heron drone aircraft from Israel and expects the remaining four to arrive by the end of April, Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul said on Thursday.

Turkey and Israel signed an agreement in 2005 for the procurement of 10 of the unmanned aircraft, used primarily for surveillance.

Israel has trained the Turkish personnel who will operate the drones and the first tests also were conducted there, Gonul told reporters at parliament. He did not say when the first six aircraft arrived in Turkey.

Repeated delays in the $185 million project had sparked speculation that the deal could be canceled.

Israeli defence manufacturer Elbit, Air Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) are partners in the venture.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Mart 2010, 13:07

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