Turks visit Israel to inspect IAI drones
A group of Turkish officials recently came to Israel to examine IAI aircraft that Turkey is scheduled to receive in August, the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported.
Turkey and Israel may be at diplomatic loggerheads, but that doesn't mean Turkey doesn't appreciate Israeli defense exports: A group of Turkish experts including military and civilian officials recently visited Israel in order to examine Israel Aerospace Industries aircraft that Turkey is scheduled to receive in August, the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported.
In 2005, IAI and Elbit Systems signed a contract to provide Turkey with 10 drones for $180 million. Delivery was delayed by two years, and the sides exchanged accusations. Six have been supplied, and the other four are still in Israel.
The Turkish delegation came to check these four planes, amid the tension in the wake of the flotilla incident.
Turkey apparently does not have any other open defense contracts with Israel. It does have cooperation agreements with Israeli defense companies, but sources believe collaboration will not resume until the diplomatic issues are resolved.
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