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An Israeli firm, which was developing electronic systems for Turkey’s Boeing-made spy aircraft before the political crisis between the two countries, resumes the manufacture of the device

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Boeing is developing four 737 Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) for Turkey but the project has seen a long delay. Hürriyet photo

Boeing is developing four 737 Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) for Turkey but the project has seen a long delay. Hürriyet photo

Ümit Enginsoy Ümit Enginsoy uenginsoy@aol.com

Israeli Elta Systems Ltd., maker of Turkey’s Electronic Measures Systems for Boeing’s 737 Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Systems spy aircraft, has decided to restart the manufacture of the critical devices for the planes, informed sources have said.

Sources told the Hürriyet Daily News that the decision paves the way for the release of Boeing’s long-delayed four 737 AEW&C planes, which were built for a total of $1.6 billion. More importantly, the Israeli decision may mean an end to the country’s two-year defense exports ban for Turkey.
The sources said that with the decision to continue production recently the manufacture of a third plane approached completion. Elta had finished the production of the EMS systems for the first two aircraft years ago.

6 years late

In 2002, Turkey’s Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, the procurement agency, ordered from Boeing four 737-700 AEW&C aircraft, a ground radar and control systems, plus ground control segments for mission crew training, mission support and maintenance support.

Under the agreement the four aircraft were supposed to be released in 2006. But the integration of the planes took much longer. Elta is building the EMS systems for four aircraft. Its Turkish systems are expected to cost more than $100 million.

The Elta decision followed Boeing’s efforts to urge the Israeli company to restart this Turkish manufacturing. Elta is the single producer of the EMS systems for Boeing’s 737 aircraft.

The 737 Boeing AEW&C aircraft are to be used as part of Turkey’s NATO capabilities. Several defense experts have claimed that the programs are too costly.

An airborne early warning and control system is an airborne radar system designed to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long ranges and control and command the battle space in an air engagement by directing fighter and attack aircraft strikes. Used at a high altitude, the radars on the aircraft allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of miles away.

The system is used offensively to direct fighters to their target locations, and defensively in order to counter attacks by enemy forces, both air and ground. Unless Elta endorsed its sales, there was a chance the sale to Turkey could not have been completed. But with Elta’s approval, the planes will be finished next year. k HDN


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11/9/2012 9:20:04 PM

Elta has no chance other than to supply the Boeing AWACS destined for Turkey, with their systems since otherwise it would mean that Boeing wouldn't do deals with Elta anymore and go for a South-Korean alternative. Which would mean loss of millions and millions of USD in the years to come for other deals with Boeing. But for us it has no effect we buy our military hardware from this US company, that one part is made in Israel doesn't mean we buy arms from Israel. Israel choose for the sweet money

ivan mezei

11/9/2012 8:11:39 PM

Murat, for ever the 'optimist'. The cup is always half empty. Israel is not worried about any penalties, murat, and just to add to your paranoia, how do you know there isnt a 'bug' in these systems/ Just something to think about.


11/9/2012 6:09:56 PM

So misleading. Elta is simply obliged to fulfill a commercial agreement and commitment they have made to a non-Turkish company, a very good customer of theirs. I am not sure if they did have any other choice. Regardless, this capability of course should not be a concern, Turkey being a NATO member which is hosting critical radars on its soil that is critical to Israel's security too. Unless they have a problem with Turks being able to detect their planes over Irak and Iranian territory ;)

ealsho@eartlink.net tango73

11/9/2012 2:50:16 PM

Israel and Turkey should work together. It’s not easy for Israel to sell advanced military equipment to Turkey and next day Erdogan goes to Gaza to support Hamas or send flotillas.

anton supertramp

11/9/2012 10:11:47 AM

Come on, israelis were just foot dragging in last 2 years, when the push came to shove they decided to fulfill their agreement with boeing that made the deal with turkey for providing the planes,israelis could have paid fine to boeing and loose their contracts if they didint produce necessary parts they are tasked with, turkey should stop buying anything from israel, better invest more in domestic military industry

Sev Cihan

11/9/2012 10:10:37 AM

like i said in 2009 and 2010 the confict between turkey and israel is only a show! this proofes it again...

ilker avni

11/9/2012 5:13:17 AM

Israel knows its in own interest that Tutrkey has such systems as part of Nato it allso protects Israel,they allso know Turkey is not the enemy of Israel.I hope that Turkey and Israel resume they military relationship,as soon as they appologise.
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