Turkey Launches $700M Helicopter Competition

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S-70 Seahawk Helicopters are a hot field right now. The USA’s $2.2 billion Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program has been awarded to Bell, which is also competing with Eurocopter for India’s $500-600 million light helicopter program. The USA’s own Light Utility Helicopter program is set to begin competition for 320 helicopters soon, and now Turkish Daily News reports that Turkey’s Undersecretariat for the Defense Industry (SSM) has formally opened an international competition for the purchase of 32 military helicopters and 20 fire fighters worth around $700 million. Only one platform will chosen, winner take all. The purchase will be administered by SSM in a single package for both military and civilian helicopters, and bidders are asked to reply to a request for proposa1 no later than Dec. 5. The fire fighters will be used by the Forestry General Directorate. The lion’s share of the military shopping bag will go to the Turkish Army with 20 helicopters, while the Air Force and the Navy will receive 6 helicopters each. NH-90 An SSM official said he expected several foreign manufacturers to show up for the competition, and analysts see the major contenders as S-70 Black Hawk manufacturer Sikorsky Aireraft Corp. and Eurocopter’s majority-owned […]

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