As Turkey finally penned a $3.5 billion contract with US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft for the co-production of an initial batch of 109 utility helicopters, a Turkish company has won a substantial deal under the same contract.

Military electronics specialist Aselsan, Turkey’s biggest defense firm, has signed a US $491.5 million deal with Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), prime local contractor for the Sikorsky-led utility helicopter program, the company has announced.

Aselsan officials said that under the contract, the company will be tasked with critical work including a new glass cockpit, multifunction displays, flight management system, moving map system, inertial navigation system, GPS, identify friend-or-foe system, advanced radios and a self-protection system. […]