Turkish Firms Sign Training, Missile Defense Deals with Lockheed Martin
PARIS — Turkish companies Havelsan and Rokestan have secured separate agreements with Lockheed Martin to pursue training and missile business opportunities.
The training deal will see additional Havelsan training technologies gain a wider audience through an expansion of its existing collaboration with the U.S. defense giant currently covering F-16 full mission simulators and other training systems.
The new agreement includes training technologies in the electronic warfare, flight, vehicle and artillery sectors as well as simulators for forest fire suppression training.
Alparslan Kuloglu, Havelsan’s director of marketing and business development, said his company sees “tremendous potential to provide technologies developed by Turkish industry to customers all over the world in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.”
In a separate agreement, Rokestan has signed a deal with Lockheed Martin to become a supplier of PAC-3 missile canisters.
The Turkish missile company will build the new one-pack missile canisters for sale to the Turkish government.
Orville Prins, vice president of international air and missile defense business development at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business, said the deal will see Rokestan become a certificated supplier of single canisters, supporting sales to Turkey and other potential customers, including the U.S. Army.
U.S. and international customers for the theater and ballistic-missile defense system have expressed interest in the new single canister launch system to give them more flexibility than the current four-pack canisters, Lockheed Martin said in a statement released at the Eurosatory defense show in Paris this afternoon.
Both deals are expected to be announced in Washington on June 11 at a conference on U.S. – Turkish relations.