nkara, Turkey, 25 December 2006 – Project Gokturk, a Turkish military satellite venture, is evaluating bids from four foreign companies. England’s EADS Astrium, Israel’s IAI, Germany’s Ohb-System and Italy’s Telespazio have already made their bids to undertake the Gokturk project. Turkish Defense Industry offered the contract in July and the deadline ended last week.
The Gokturk programme, a name referring to an ancient Turkish legend, wants to develop an electro-optical reconnaissance and surveillance satellite system with 80-centimeter resolution for Turkish Air Force space-based image intelligence architecture.
Turkish defence companies, including Aselsan, TUSA Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI), Roketsan and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) will contribute to the project.
Meteksan Savunma (Meteksan Defense) is a front-runner for the local contracts and TAI will also work as the prime local contractor. The programme will provide a modern and effective means of monitoring the territory and littoral waters of Turkey, with special emphasis on remote sensing satellites.