Turkey to buy unmanned combat air-vehicles from Israel

Published August 11th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Israel and Turkey are continuing to fortify strategic relations and are pursuing a number of defense projects. Sources in Turkey have told The Jerusalem Post that the Turkish military is inclined to purchase a total of 108 unmanned, combat air-vehicles, or UCAVs, from Israel. The UCAVs are used to bomb military and technological targets. 


Defense sources said the project is separate from Turkey's primary UAV tender, in which the Israel Aircraft Industries and American General Atomic have been competing to sell Turkey some 90 UAVs designed to carry out reconnaissance missions. The remaining 54 UCAVs are to be delivered in two years. 


Each UCAV can carry a considerable amount of ordnance, including several types of bombs, all controlled by radio from the ground. The cost of the project is projected to hit $76 million. (Albawaba.com)

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