Turkey’s procurement authorities have launched a new program for the purchase of four utility helicopters for the country’s Coast Guard, with an option to buy two more, the procurement agency said.

The Undersecretariat for Defense Industries said Feb. 28 that the contract involves four helicopters, spare parts, ground support, training, technical assistance/support and two optional helicopters and related ILS goods and services. Bidders should also include industrial participation and offset terms in their bids, due June 16.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Feb. 21that his government and US helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky Aircraft had signed a long-dormant $3.5 billion contract to co-produce an initial batch of 109 utility helicopters. Penning the deal had been delayed since last May over factors that top Turkish procurement managers blamed on “US corporate and other bureaucracy.” […]