ANKARA — Turkey’s defense procurement office, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) has launched a competition to acquire hundreds of missile warning systems (MWS) for the Turkish Air Force’s fixed-wing platforms.
SSM at the end of August issued a request for proposals in order to “gather general information on potential suppliers of the MWS in the market; have an idea of availability of the required MWS; investigate and clarify the system and sub-system based technical details and requirements; define logistics support requirements for the system as a part of the request for proposal preparation effort.
Only MWS manufacturers can receive the document until Sept. 16, SSM said. The responses to the request should be delivered to SSM on or before Oct. 11.
Procurement officials said if Turkey decided to outfit only its F-16 fleet with the MWS, it would mean business for more than 200 aircraft.
“An initial batch would probably be purchased off-the-shelf from a foreign manufacturer, but the rest could be produced locally under license,” the official said.
Military electronics manufacturer Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, has produced missile warning systems under German license for Turkish helicopters.
Industry sources said SSM will seek imaging infrared sensor technology for the new program.