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Turkey Speeds up Long-Range Air Missile Defence System Studies with Eurosam

With the written statement made by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), it was shared with the public that the Presidency of Defence Industries was continuing to make efforts to meet Armed Forces needs for the Long-Range Air Defence System through various alternatives. The activities within the scope of the project were continued with a meeting held on May 30, 2018 in Ankara with senior participants.

In the written statement, it was emphasized that the concept definition studies on a more advanced system than the SAMP-T Air Defence System under the partnership of Aselsan, Roketsan and Eurosam were continuing and that the Presidency of Defence Industries was continuing to make efforts to meet Turkish Armed Forces requirements for the Long-Range Air Defence System through various alternatives. It was also stated that the Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defence System (UMBHFSS) project was being conducted to support the national development model determined by SSB and to be implemented in a gradual program model.

As a milestone of the project, an agreement was signed on July 14, 2017, in which companies declared their intention to work on the identification of possible business alliance models within the scope of the development of a long-range air and missile defence system between Aselsan, Roketsan and Eurosam (a joint venture company between MBDA Italy and Thales France) and thus the three companies commenced the start of a business partnership. During the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting dated 8-9 November 2017, a declaration of intention between the Ministers of Defence of Turkey, France and Italy was signed within the scope of this project.

The Long-Range Regional Air and Missile Defence System (UMBHFSS) Project Concept Identification Study Contract was signed on January 5, 2018 between SSB and the project partners. Accordingly, the project partners-initiated concept identification studies on a more advanced system than the SAMP-T Air Defence system previously developed by Eurosam.

The studies within the scope of the project were continued with a meeting held on May 30, 2018 in Ankara with senior participants. The Concept Identification Study is expected to be submitted to SSB at the end of 2019.