9 Nisan 2011 Cumartesi

Turk Utility Helo Winner To Be Announced April 12: $4 billion contract

Burak Ege BEKDIL &Umit ENGINSOY     Defence news

,ANKARA - Turkey's top government and military authorities will get together April 12 to select and announce the winner of a $4 billion contract for the co-production of utility helicopters, a senior procurement official said April 7.

Turkey's top decision-making body for procurement, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will convene to choose between offers from U.S.-based Sikorsky Aircraft and Italy's AgustaWestland.

Skorsky is offering its T-70, the Turkish version of its S-70 Black Hawk International, which is flown by militaries in dozens of countries, including Turkey.

AgustaWestland is competing with its TUHP 149, the Turkish version of its newly developed A-149.
"The meeting will have only one agenda item: selection of Turkey's new utility helicopter type," the procurement official said.

The first batch will total 109 helicopters, but with follow-on orders, more than 300 aircraft are expected to be built with a price tag of more than $10 billion, according to defense analysts.


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