Sunday, November 15, 2009

Turkish MESA Programme


Fox2 Magazine reports on a Turkish newspaper article by Hurriyet which claims the Turkish MESA Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft could be delivered to the Turkish Air Force as soon as 2010. This would be the result of successful tests carried out in the Australian Wedgetail programme.

During the Australian tests around 500 experiments were carried out during 19 flights. The Turkish delivery schedule has been delayed by three years so far.

What the article fails to mention is whether the companies producing the system have managed to solve the problems faced by the radar system. Therefore, it remains possible that if the system is delivered in 2010 it will do so with reduced capabilities.

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