Friday, February 22, 2013

Israel clears Elta AEW equipment for Turkish fleet

The Israeli government HAS approved the delivery of electronic media measures (ESM) equipment to be installed on the Turkish air force's new Boeing 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW & C) system aircraft, DESPITE The ongoing severance of defense ties entre le nations .

Selon Turkish sources, the decision to transfer ESM equipment Manufactured by Israel Aerospace Industries' Elta Systems filiale was taken as a result of heavy pressure from the U.S. administration and Boeing.

Relations Between Israel and Turkey Deteriorated in 2010 Israeli commandos stormed Effective a Turkish ship carrying supplies terrain en route to Gaza. The Israeli defense ministry subsequently ordered IAI and Elbit Systems to stop all work for Turkey.

By That Time, Boeing HAD Delivered the second and third of four 737-based AEW & C aircraft ordered by Ankara to Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Which Conducted in-country changes. The program's other two aircraft Were still in the USA, with the first HAVING beens used for development, test and evaluation. In June 2012, Boeing Announced That validation testing was still Being Performed on Turkey's first three aircraft, while the radar was still installed on the Being fourth aircraft in Seattle.

In 2011, Israeli defense minister Ehud form Barak canceled the licenses to export all Israeli defense technology to Turkey. Israeli sources say the ban was lifted last year Largely, That and MOST of the ESM equipment for the AEW & C fleet HAD beens Already Supplied to Boeing.

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