Nine local and foreign companies have purchased competition dossiers from Turkey’s procurement agency, indicating their intention to bid on providing new basic trainer aircraft.

The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) said Dec. 1 that likely bidders in the race are: Turkish companies GATE Elektronik San. ve Tic. A.S., Nurol Makin eve Sayani A.S., THK Uçak Imalat Tic. A.S. and Kocoglu Havacilik A.S.; Austria’s Diamond Aircraft Industries; Czech Republic’s ZLIN Aircraft; Germany’s Grob Aircraft; Pakistan’s Aeronautical Complex Board; and the US Discovery Aviation.

Last month, SSM opened new competition for the acquisition of 52 new basic trainer aircraft, also known as “screeners.” These aircraft will be used to determine whether a new graduate is fit to continue with flight training.