(Obtained from Middle East Newsline, http://menewsline.com/defense.html)


The Bush administration intends to sell two naval frigates to Turkey in an
estimated $110 million deal.The Pentagon has notified Congress of plans to
sell Turkey two Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates with associated equipment
and services. TheDefense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale could
reach $110 million. In Ankara, after a suspension that lasted about a year,
France and Turkey have resumed their defense dialogue.
Meanwhile, Israel seeks to resolve the technical difficulties that have
emerged in its military projects for Turkey.The effort was launched during
the current visit by Defense Ministry director-general Amos Yaron to Ankara.
Yaron reviewed several Israeli military programs that were said to have been
marred by technical difficulties.
In other developments, Turkey has agreed to buy 14 U.S. helicopters in a
million deal. Officials said Ankara plans to finance the procurement of U.S.
helicopters with a loan from Washington. Turkey will obtain the loan from
U.S. Export Import Bank for the Sea Hawk naval helicopters.

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