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Eurosam, together with Aselsan and Roketsan, Lay the Foundation of Strategic cooperation in Air and Missile Defense

The heads of Eurosam, Aselsan and Roketsan – respectively Mr.Michel Vigneras, Dr. Faik Eken and Mr.Selçuk Yaşar – have signed on the 14th of July in Ankara a Heads of Agreement  under the aegis of the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) to launch in-depth co- operation in the field of air and missile defense.

The Heads of Agreement sets the work sharing agreements for a definition study with the SSM on a long- range air and missile defense system to be launched in the coming months.

The future Turkish air and missile system will be based on the technologies and experience that Eurosam has built in ground and naval systems using the Aster missile over 25 years and €11 billions of collective investment. These systems have been delivered to the current home nations of France and Italy, many export nations, and are able to defeat the most challenging of air threats, whether air breathing or ballistic. The future program will be managed in synergy with future evolutions of the Eurosam systems in France and Italy.

At the occasion of the Heads of Agreement signature, Eurosam CEO Mr.Michel Vigneras said: “The Italian Army has deployed two Eurosam-built SAMP/T firing units since June 2016 as part of NATO’s contribution to the defense of Turkey and its people against potential missile threats from beyond NATO’s southeastern flank. Today’s agreement is a clear demonstration of the willingness and readiness of our 3 companies to build further on the strong defense co- operation commitments already in place and to work together as equal partners, towards a common goal and sharing full and entire responsibility vis-à-vis the Turkish authorities. I am confident that today, we have laid the foundation of a long-term co-operation between Eurosam and the Turkish defense industry.”