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Turkey Remains in Drone Deal With Israel

Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 10:39 AM

Turkey's military will accept a delivery of Israeli drones in March - despite a diplomatic row that has brought the relations between the countries close to breaking point, Turkish officials said on Thursday.

Israel will send four Heron unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Turkey, the first part of a consignment of 10 drones purchased by the Turkish government, with the remainder to be shipped by the year's end, officials told the Turkish daily, Zaman.

Turkey awarded a contract for the drones to two Israeli companies, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), in 2005. In December, Ankara announced its intention to speed up the deal, worth about $190 million - before a diplomatic storm over Israel's treatment of Turkey's ambassador cast doubt on the agreement.


Even before the latest crisis, the transaction had been put temporarily on hold due to Turkish outrage over Operation Cast Lead, Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza in late 2008 and early 2009.

There have also been technical disagreements between the sides, with Israel claiming that the Turkish buyers insist on installing surveillance cameras too heavy for the UAVs.

But following a visit to Turkey this week by Udi Shani, director general-designate of the Defense Ministry, the agreement was put back on the table.

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