ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement for the coproduction of a ballistic missile defense system.
Under the deal, a Turkish company would provide components for the Aegis Combat System. The project would team Turkey’s Kale Aero with the U.S. prime contractor Lockheed Martin in support for the U.S. Navy.
“This contract represents the first step in fully engaging the Turkish industry in our Aegis program,” L-M international program director Doug Wilhelm said.
The U.S. Navy has ordered eight Aegis systems, which contain the AN/SPY-1, a multi-functional phased-array radar. Under the latest award, Kale would build 148 units of a mechanical system used in the Aegis computing suite.
Kale has been linked to L-M in other projects. They included the production of components for the Joint Strike Fighter as well as the Army Tactical Missile System.
“We look forward to building a robust relationship with Kale Aero and other Turkish companies to support the U.S. Navy and our fleet with the most advanced systems and technologies,” Wilhem said.
Source: http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/11/28/ ... omponents/