Turkish dollars trump Israeli sense again
Apparently under pressure from Boeing Corp. (which announced massive layoffs
from its defense division right after last week's US election), Israel Aircraft Industries has agreed to resume manufacture of spy systems
for the Turkish Air Force's Boeing 737's (Hat Tip: Asher G
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1)
unit ELTA Systems has decided to restart the manufacture of electronic
measures systems the Turkish Air Force's Boeing’s 737 early warning and
control Systems spy aircraft, "informed sources" have told Turkey's
"Hurriyet Daily News."
The newspaper added that the decision paves
the way for the release of Boeing’s long-delayed four 737 planes, which
were built for a total of $1.6 billion. The Turkish daily also
speculated that the decision to supply the critical devices may also
mean an end to Israel'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.
Daily News" recounted that in 2002, Turkey’s defense procurement
agency, ordered four 737-700 AEW&C aircraft from Boeing, 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 and its Turkish systems are expected to cost
more than $100 million.
The ELTA decision follows 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.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Boeing, Israel Aircraft Industries, Turkish obsession with Israel, US economy