The First Decisions of Turkish Defence Industry Executive Committee (SSIK)of 2013 were Announced

Issue 41 - March 2013

The first Defence Industry Executive Committee meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Chief of General Staff General Necdet Özel, National Defence Minister İsmet Yılmaz and Undersecretary for Defence Industries Murad Bayar participated in the meeting. The meeting lasted for four and a half hours and significant conclusions were formed yet again.

Once more, none of the bidders were awarded for the $4 billion programme T-LORAMIDS the long range regional air defence and missile system. In the Defence Industry Executive Committee’s meeting on 17 July 2012 it was concluded that the talks shall be continued for the improvement of the proposals with the following bidders; Raytheon & Lockheed Martin partnership, French-Italian Concern EUROSAM, China’s CPMIEC and Russia’s Rosoboroneksport. Six months passed and the final decision is still up in the air for no satisfactory progress has been made with the companies on Turkey’s requirements yet. Turkey’s hesitation about the defence system to be opted is considered among the reasons for postponement. However, NATO’s willingness to deploy some of the Patriot (PAC-3) systems that USA, Germany and Netherlands have as a precaution against Syria is regarded as the most important cause of the delay.