Monday, 15 June 2009

Delays for Heron UAV programme in Turkey

Incorporating a customer package into a weapons system is often tricky, as can be seen in the delay to the Heron UAV programme in Turkey. Quite a few countries like to be "nationalistic" by requiring a certain proportion of local content in a foreign-acquired weapon. The other common requirement is technology transfer from the overseas manufacturer. This often results in less bidders, slower delivery (more time to incorporate local content instead of the original specification), and possibly, poorer performance. opswarfare remembers that Turkey's attack helicopter programme has been delayed for a very long time for similar reasons.