At the Friday meeting, SSIK decided to task THY Teknik, the repair and maintenance subsidiary of Turkey's national carrier, Turkish Airlines, with administering the command and control aircraft program.
SSIK also said it decided to procure more vessels for the Turkish navy, although it did not detail the number or type of ships on its shopping list.
The panel said it authorized SSM to launch a contest for the modernization of a batch of 25 Seahawk helicopters in the Navy's inventory. In November 2006, Turkey ordered its last package of S-70B Seahawk helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft. The S-70B helicopter is an international derivative of the US Navy's SH-60B Seahawk, but includes a fully integrated glass (digital) cockpit and a mission management system.
SSIK said some of the other programs its members discussed on Friday include the Integrated Maritime Surveillance System (IMSS) program; the foundation of a cybersecurity and defense center; electronic warfare command, control and coordination efforts; a national joint electronic warfare data bank; new-generation light-armored vehicles; procurement of portable jammers; and electronic support systems.
One procurement official said the meeting marked the first serious effort to give pace to Turkey's modernization and acquisition programs after a putsch on July 15 brought the procurement and military bureaucracy to a near standstill.
"Finally the shock is over and things are picking up," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "SSIK convened with a heavy agenda and both the government and military leaders look determined to get things done without further delays."
One Defence Ministry official said: "The first [post-coup attempt] meeting was important. Preceding meetings will discuss other major programs, including TFX."
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.