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

January 05, 2012

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

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a meeting with the Defence Industries Undersecretary Murad Bayar, Defence 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 fulfill an order of 10 domestically manufactured unmanned aerial vehicles.

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