To be a major player in future Turkish air and missile system
Ankara: The heads of three defence companies Eurosam, Aselsan and Roketsan, signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) under the aegis of Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries to foster an in-depth cooperation in the field of air and missile defence in Ankara on July 14.
Michel Vigneras of Eurosam, Faik Eken of Aselan, and Selçuk Yaşar of Roketsan signed the pact, which sets the work sharing agreements for a definition study with the SSM (Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries) on a long range air and missile defence system to be launched in the coming months.
The technologies and experience that Eurosam has built in ground and naval systems using the Aster missile over 25 years and Euro 11 billion of collective investment is believed to form the basis of the future Turkish air and missile system. These systems have been delivered to the current home nations of France and Italy and many export nations. The future programme will be managed in synergy with future evolutions of the Eurosam systems in France and Italy.
Eurosam CEO, Michel Vigneras on the occasion of HoA signature said, “The Italian Army has deployed two Eurosam-built SAMP/T firing units since June 2016 as part of NATO’s contribution to the defence of Turkey and its people against potential missile threats from beyond NATO’s southeastern flank”.
Michel further said, “Today’s agreement is a clear demonstration of the willingness and readiness of our 3 companies to build further on the strong defence cooperation 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 defence industry”.