One of five heavy lift choppers that will be ordered by Ankara will be allocated to the Turkish presidency, daily Cumhuriyet has reported.
The Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSİK) decided in its latest meeting last week, convened under Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, to order five CH-47F Chinook helicopters, in addition to the six already ordered. While four of the new orders came from the Turkish General Staff, one came from the Defense Ministry, which is expected to allocate the chopper to the newly constructed presidential palace, dubbed the “Ak Saray” in reference to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and “saray,” which means palace.
The SSİK, which is described as “the main decision making mechanism of the system” on the website of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries, is composed of the prime minister, the chief-of-staff, and the defense minister. […]