Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Turkey's B-737-700 AEW&C Program Back on Track

After facing delays of more than three years, a $1.6 billion program headed by Boeing to construct four specialized planes for Turkey’s military is now back on track, a Turkish defense industry specialist said Monday."We are close to agreeing with Boeing to a revised timetable for the program," Murad Bayar, head of the undersecretariat for Defense Industries, or SSM, Turkey's procurement agency, told the Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review."We hope to receive the first aircraft before the end of next year," he said.Boeing officials also confirmed that both sides are working on a new and detailed schedule for the program, dubbed Peace Eagle, also saying that the firm is committed to an airborne early warning and control, or AEW&C, system that meets Turkey's procurement requirements...........................Hürriyet Daily News

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