Following an unresolved
disagreement about the procurement of 50 advanced helicopters from Bell
Textron, Turkey is planning to hold parallel negotiations with Bell and the
competing bidder, Russian-Israeli team, headed by Kamov.
The Russian Israeli team originally
proposed the Ka-50-2 (Above) Turkey and Bell disagreed on several grounds, including
the cost and configuration of the AH-1Z King Cobra attack helicopters
(below), Erdogan, specially modified, side-by side seating configuration of the Ka-50
helicopter, armed with up to two tons of armament and ammunition, including
up to 12 supersonic Vikhr laser guided missiles, rockets and a rapid firing
30 mm gun. The helicopter was offered with comprehensive "Glass Cockpit"
systems and countermeasures suite.
The Bell AH-1Z incorporate the new
low signature four blade rotor, up to eight Hellfire missiles and stinger
missiles. Turkey is planning to buy 145 new helicopters. The estimated cost
of the initial phase was $1.5 billion. The contract with Bell was expected
to include significant Turkish participation, with local production by
Turkish Aircraft Industries (TAI), with the Target Sight System fire control
subcontracting by Aselsan. General Electric was expected to provide the