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Turkey to Buy Two Lockheed F-35 Jets, 15 Textron Helicopters

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Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey will purchase two Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 fighter jets and 15 helicopters from Textron Inc. for the police department, the Defense Industries Undersecretary said today in a statement.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened a meeting with the Defense Industries Undersecretary Murad Bayar, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz and the military’s Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel today in Ankara, where the orders were approved.

Turkey also decided to start talks with Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries for the Ankara-based company to start mass production of drones to meet an order of 10 domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles.

The government said it will open negotiations for an agreement with Aselsan Elektronik Sanayi & Ticaret AS to develop a multi-purpose radar for the navy, according to the statement. Turkey said it picked Kale Havacilik Sanayi AS to build turbo-jet engines in line with air force needs.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ali Berat Meric in Ankara at americ@bloomberg.net; Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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