ANKARA - Chasing a major Turkish contract for the construction of anti-missile air defense systems, Raytheon Missile Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Turkey's biggest defense firm.
In a written statement at the end of May, Turkish military electronics company Aselsan said that it won a sub-contracting deal from Raytheon as part of the sale of the U.S. firm's Patriot air defense systems to the United Arab Emirates. Aselsan said a final sub-contract agreement would be penned later this year.
The MoU covers cooperation in designing, manufacturing and testing of a relay station.
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin jointly are seeking a Turkish contract worth $1 billion to $2 billion for the country's first anti-missile air defense systems. The U.S. team is offering the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system in a competition against Russian, Chinese and Italian-French companies.
Industry sources said that its cooperation with Turkey's largest defense company, owned by a military foundation, shows that Raytheon is working to maximize its chances to win the Turkish deal