Thales fi­nalises de­liv­ery of mar­itime pa­trol air­crft to Turkey

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE -

Thales an­nounced the de­liv­ery of the fi­nal stan­dard for the mar­itime pa­trol air­craft to Turkey as part of the MEL­TEM II pro­gramme, for which Thales is the prime con­trac­tor. Till date, five of the six air­craft have been de­liv­ered to this stan­dard, with the sixth set for de­liv­ery be­fore the sum­mer. This fol­lows the three mar­itime sur­veil­lance air­craft which were sent to the Turk­ish coast guards last year.

A cer­e­mony was held at the Topel (Turkey) naval air base to cel­e­brate the of­fi­cial de­liv­ery of air­craft to the Turk­ish Navy in the pres­ence of the Chief of Staff for the Turk­ish Navy, Bü­lent Bostanoglu, as well as the Sec­re­tary of State for the Turk­ish De­fence In­dus­try (SSM), Ismail Demir.

Pierre Eric Pom­mel­let, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Thales in charge of De­fence Mis­sion Sys­tems, of­fi­cially handed over the de­liv­ery cer­tifi­cate for the air­craft to the Chief of Staff of the Turk­ish Navy.

He high­lighted the “strong re­la­tion­ships that have been es­tab­lished through­out the pro­gramme with Turk­ish in­dus­try part­ners, TAI, Havel­san, Asel­san and Mil­soft. These have en­abled the suc­cess of this air­craft trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme and pave the way for fu­ture part­ner­ships be­tween Thales and the Turk­ish in­dus­try. We’re fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing this close co­op­er­a­tion and are very proud these mar­itime pa­trol air­craft reach a tech­no­log­i­cal and op­er­a­tional stan­dard of ex­cel­lence. The Turk­ish Navy can now rely on Thales’s state-of-the-art AMASCOS so­lu­tion to con­duct their mar­itime pa­trol mis­sions.”

“We’re fo­cus­ing on de­vel­op­ing this close co­op­er­a­tion and are very proud these mar­itime pa­trol air­craft reach a tech­no­log­i­cal and op­er­a­tional stan­dard of ex­cel­lence. The Turk­ish Navy can now rely on Thales’s state-ofthe-art AMASCOS so­lu­tion to con­duct their mar­itime pa­trol mis­sions,” said Pierre Eric Pom­mel­let, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Thales in charge of De­fence Mis­sion Sys­tems.

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