ISTANBUL, May 8 (Itar-Tass) - Russia is ready to attract the Turkish defence industry to the production of several component parts of the air defence system Antey-2500 (S-300VM). Rosoboronexport Director General Anatoly Isaykin, who is participating in the international defence industry show IDEF-2013 in Istanbul, told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
He recalled that Rosoboronexport participates in a tender, which the Ministry of National Defence announced for the delivery of long-range air defence systems. “We offer a modern and highly efficient system. If the Russian bid is chosen, when signing the contract we will assume the commitments for the participation of the enterprises of the defence industry and Rosoboronexport in the joint development and production of a new generation of the air defence systems for the Turkish Armed Forces,” Isaykin said. The elements of the air defence system Antey-2500 will be integrated in new air defence systems in this case. Isaykin noted that during the negotiations with Turkey the country was informed that Russia is ready for this kind of cooperation.
Meanwhile, now the Secretariat of the Turkish defence industry that is in charge of weapon purchases did not take a decision on the tender yet. “Our hopes for the win in the bidding are based on real advantages of Russian air defence and missile defence systems over similar systems of foreign producers,” Isaykin noted. The main rival of the Russian bid is the U.S. missile defence system Patriot, however, as local observers noted, the terms offered by the United States, are not so profitable as the Russian terms.
Speaking on the transfer of some technologies to Turkey for the production of Antey-2500, Isaykin noted that this condition is envisaged in the Turkish legislation. “The supplier should ensure necessary and sufficient domestic industrial participation. Meanwhile, it should be remembered that the quality of supplied property should not be affected in the joint activities,” he underlined.