5/8/2009

US defense giant Raytheon inks Turkish Roketsan deal

Hurriyet Daily News - Raytheon named a Turkish missile manufacturer as an international supplier of a key component of the Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or Patriot GEM-T. Raytheon is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in defense systems and defense and commercial electronics. Under the terms of the agreement, Ankara-based Roketsan will subcontract to Raytheon to integrate and test the control actuation system for the Patriot GEM-T missile for the United Arab Emirates. Working with subcontractors throughout Turkey and the United States, Roketsan will coordinate and perform the major assembly work at its Ankara facility. Roketsan is Raytheon's first major trans-Atlantic supplier strategically located to support 11 countries in Europe and Asia, including several in the Middle East, that have chosen Patriot as a key component of their air and missile defense programs. Roketsan is a proven leader in missile and rocket programs and has been a major part of Turkey's defense industry since 1988.