DEFENSE UPDATE > F-16s to be equipped with missile warning systems


Turkey’s defense procurement agency mulls equiping scores of Turkish military aircrafts with missile warning systems. The first batch is likely to be from a foreign manufcaturer, an official says

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Officials say if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the missile warning systems (MWS), this would mean business for over 200 aircraft.

Officials say if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the missile warning systems (MWS), this would mean business for over 200 aircraft.

Turkey has launched a competition worth hundreds of millions of dollars to equip scores of its military aircraft with high-tech missile warning systems (MWS).

A defense official said the planned MWS would boast Imaging Infrared (IIR) technology which detects a missile from heat coming from its exhaust. “We think the IIR is the best technology to meet our requirements,” he said. 

Once an enemy missile has been detected, the pilot can either launch chaff flares to jam its course, or he can take on avoidance maneuvers. 

Under an earlier program, military electronics concern Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, produced a similar MWS based on ultraviolet technology and outfitted these to scores of military helicopters under a German license.

A defense expert said ultraviolet would be more suitable for helicopters whereas the IIR is better for platforms flying at higher altitude. 

“The false warning ratio with the IIR sensors is smaller than ultraviolet sensors at higher altitudes,” he said. 

Turkey’s defense procurement agency, the Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM), has said the competition it opened will be for fixed-wing platforms in the inventory of the Turkish Air Force. 

First manufacturer may foreign

At the end of August, SSM issued a Request for Information (RfI) in order to “gather general information on potential suppliers of the MWS in the market; have an idea of availability of the required MWS; investigate and clarify the system and sub-system based technical details and requirements; define logistics support requirements for the system as a part of the Request for Proposal (RfP) preparation effort.”

Only MWS manufacturers can receive the RfI document until Sept. 16, SSM said. The responses to the RfI should be delivered to SSM on or before Oct. 11. Procurement officials said that if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the MWS, this would mean business for over 200 aircraft. “An initial batch would probably be purchased off-the-shelf from a foreign manufacturer, but the rest could be produced locally under license,” the official said.


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Eric Martin

9/13/2013 10:44:45 PM

Look at all the electronic devices we've fallen behind in. Terrible past governance. We need to make higher value goods for export. Semiconductors are very important. We're being left behind.

Chris Green

9/13/2013 12:31:43 AM

Whereas, Sid Mark, you lot cannot even afford to fuel and maintain a squadron of bi-planes!

In A Flap

9/12/2013 11:15:24 PM

never buy the basic model. It's always better to spend that little bit extra on the bells and whistles

Sid Mark

9/12/2013 10:07:52 PM

On the other hand, a few hundred unemployed can save the state hundreds of milions.They can be taken on board the fighters, looking backwards and tell the pilot if they notice something coming towards them.

a shah

9/12/2013 8:16:50 PM

Israel forbids USA from supplying such systems on the F16 provided to countries such as Turkey, Eygpt,Saudi Arabia Pakistan etc, for obvious reasons. It would be a proud moment for these countries to develop their own fighter planes and be independent of such treachery . Turkey has the technological ability to do so,but do they have their pride to go along with it.Iran is trying with its indigenous programs and often mocked for it by Israel and USA Zionists.

Chris Green

9/12/2013 4:22:25 PM

That's a better version of the headline TDN :-)

ilker avni

9/12/2013 3:27:48 PM

Turkey keeps getting ripped of,buying f16s without its proper defence capablities makes it a easy target,is it any wonder why pilots are leaveing the airforce.

american american

9/12/2013 1:15:14 PM

unfortunately, the government has not been informed that pilots are also needed...pinar you forget that no matter how much money you throw at a problem critical thinking is key.

Chris Green

9/12/2013 10:12:30 AM

Dreadful headline!

pinar hasan

9/12/2013 3:43:01 AM

Turkey’s defense procurement agency is nothing but a Zionist mossad agent looking for any excuse to import. Turkey spend a billion dollars to invest in Turkey rather than importing 100 billion from overseas. The self-hating turkish people are too stupid to make is disgusting. 3 million turks are employed. 1 billion invested in turkey can create 100,000 high tech jobs in Turkey
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