Ankara, Turkey, 28th January 2013– Thales has achieved delivery of the first ofthree maritime surveillance aircraft under the Meltem II programme for Turkey.This aircraft will be operated by the Turkish Coast Guard from Izmir Air Base.Pierre Eric Pommellet, Senior Vice-President of Thales Group, officially handedover the aircraft at a ceremony held at the Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI)facility in Ankara. The official hand-over was presided by Turkish Minister ofInterior, Mr İdris Naim Şahin, who thanked all contributors to the programmeand its main contractor Thales for “delivering a state-of-the-art aircraftwhich will enable the Turkish Coast Guards to perform their surveillance dutyup to 120 miles from thecoast”.
The ceremony was also attended by the Undersecretary for DefenceIndustries (SSM), the Turkish Coast Guards Chief Admiral, and the Turkish CoastGuard Izmir Air-base Commander. The French Ambassador to Turkey also attendedthe ceremony with a representative of the French defence procurement agency(DGA), as well as the General Managers of TAI, Havelsan, Aselsan and Milsoft,the Turkish companies involved in the programme.
This marks the delivery of the first maritimesurveillance aircraft equipped with the Thales AMASCOS mission system, whichwill provide the Turkish Coast Guards with an enhanced capability to bettermonitor the Turkish Exclusive Economic Zone and Territorial Waters.
This maritime surveillance aircraft isdesigned to perform a broad spectrum of missions including:
- SurfaceSurveillance and Naval control, anti-drug and other types of smuggling operations,the prevention of illegal immigration and illicit fishing
- Maritime pollutionsurveillance, with the provision of enhanced evidence collection capabilities,essential to this kind of operation
- Search and rescue operations.
Thalesis the prime contractor for the Meltem II programme, which calls for thedelivery of six maritime patrol aircraft for the Turkish Navy and threemaritime surveillance aircraft for the Turkish Coast Guard, all based onmodified CASA CN-235 platforms. The programme also includes the provision ofadditional maritime patrol systems to the Turkish Navy, to be integrated on ATR72 aircraft. All mission systems are based on Thales's AMASCOS solution(Airborne Maritime Situation & Control System).
This success marks a newmajor milestone in the Meltem II programme, and follows the delivery of fourmaritime patrol aircraft (initial standard) to the Turkish Navy during thefirst semester of 2012. This is further testament to the maturity of theAMASCOS solution and further consolidates Thales's market leadership inmaritime surveillance and patrol systems. The programme represents the latestvalidation of Thales’s position as a world-class systems supplier andintegrator offering a broad spectrum of mission critical systems, able to meetspecific requirements of both armed forces and civilian protection agenciesfrom across the world.