Deal Concluded between Elta and Turkey
For the first time since the Marmara crisis, Elta has supplied Turkey with
electronic warfare systems for its intelligence aircraft
Or Heller 18/2/2013
The Israeli defense establishment is continuing to signal towards Turkey
that it is interested in reconciliation and a return to the days of the good
relations prior to the Marmara flotilla affair. Elta, a subsidiary of Israel
Aerospace Industries (IAI), recently concluded a deal with Turkey for
supplying electronic warfare systems for the Turkish Air Force’s
Turkey acquired four Boeing 737 passenger aircraft from Boeing, which were
converted into AWACS alert and intelligence aircraft. In the framework of
the deal, Elta received $200 million for installing electronic warfare
systems on the Turkish aircraft.
The Turkish newspaper Zaman reported that Israel transferred two systems to
Turkey before the relations between both countries deteriorated due to the
Marmara flotilla incident. Israel recently transferred the remaining systems
to the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI), and these will be installed in the
coming weeks. The electronic warfare systems will defend the Turkish
intelligence aircraft, and the cost of each system is estimated at $25
According to publications in Turkey, Boeing intervened in the relations
between the countries and brought Elta to meet the terms of the agreement
and supply the remaining systems.
In the past, Israel upgraded old Turkish tanks as well as Heron UAVs, used
by the IAF, which Turkey has used to fight the Kurdish organization PKK.
According to assessments, Turkey is interested in upgrading its air force,
in part as a result of Syria’s deterioration due to its civil war.
Last week, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot, Israel's Coordinator of Government
Activities in the Territories, announced that he will allow the entry of
Turkish experts and construction materials for the largest Turkish hospital
building in the Gaza Strip, ahead the visit of Turkish Prime Minister
Erdogan in Gaza.
There are voices within the Israeli defense establishment calling for the
end of the Marmara crisis vis-ŕ-vis Turkey, by finding a formula of apology,
in order to return to the Israeli-Turkish alliance against Syria and Iran.