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    Turkey Eyes Military Procurement in Rapprochement With Israel

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    Tel Aviv’s unmanned aerial vehicles (UAM), reconnaissance and surveillance systems are the key technologies Ankara is eager to purchase after restoring defense cooperation, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkey looks to purchase advanced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAM) technology as well as reconnaissance and surveillance systems from Israel in the latest thaw in Turkish-Israeli enmity, local media cited military sources as saying Thursday.

    Media reports emerged last week suggesting that diplomats reached understanding on the outlines of a reconciliation agreement five years after the so-called Freedom Flotilla incident severely damaged Turkish-Israeli ties. In the 2010 incident, 10 Turkish nationals were killed when Israeli commandos raided the six-ship flotilla, including the flagman MV Mavi Marmara, attempting to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.

    Tel Aviv’s UAV, reconnaissance and surveillance systems are the key technologies Ankara is eager to purchase after restoring defense cooperation, military sources told the Today’s Zaman publication.

    The Freedom Flotilla incident caused the mutual cancellation of several defense contracts, including a 2008 deal to upgrade Turkey’s aging F-4 Phantom interceptor fleet, and impeded maintenance of Heron drones purchased in the mid-2000s.

    The sides are also said to be discussing energy projects involving natural gas transportation from Israel to Turkey.


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