Undersecretariat of Defense Industry of Turkey (Undersecretariat for Defense Industries) said that leads in final negotiations with the American company Sikorsky helicopters for the purchase of T-70 Black Hawk on programmke TUHP (Turkish Utility Helicopter Program).
South American helicopter won the competition in the fight against AW149 of AgustaWestland. In the performance of the contract perceive the role of the Turkish defense companies, namely, TEI (Tusas Engine Industries, turboshaft engines assembly GE T700), ALP Aviation (chassis assembly, box and rotor head) and Aselsan (avionics). May 7 during the International Defence Exhibition IDEF-2013, it was announced that the assembly of helicopters «Black Hawk» will be implemented in Turkey.
Representative «Sikorsky» also confirmed that the contract is close to signing. As part of the procurement programs from general-purpose helicopters, Turkey plans to buy 109 T-70 Black Hawk, which entered service Turkish army and other security agencies.
Currently, Turkey is implementing several helicopter programs. State police received the first light helicopters Bell 429, is preparing the first pilots to equip crews T129 attack helicopters being built together with AgustaWestland. The Turkish government has also issued requests for disk imaging helicopters with long range to equip the Coast Guard also plans to purchase seven new helicopters, VIP-class cars to substitute several Sikorsky S-92, consisting of operation.