The seven days starting on Feb. 21 will be recalled as some of the busiest for Turkish defense procurement and bureaucracy in recent memory.

The “days of thunder” took off on Feb. 21 when, after several years of delays, Boeing officially delivered to Turkey the first of a batch of four airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, more commonly known as a “spy plane.” A top-level ceremony was attended by President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz and the entire defense bureaucracy. “Better late than never,” Erdoğan said of the delays.

The Turkish government has demanded $183 million in compensation from Boeing due to major delays in the delivery of the spy planes to the NATO ally, officials said Feb. 18.