May 11, 2007 / 1:06 PM / 12 years ago

Turkey signs contract to buy 30 F-16 aircraft

ANKARA, May 11 (Reuters) - Turkey signed a $1.78 billion deal on Friday to buy 30 F-16 fighter jets from U.S.-based Lockheed Marin Corp (LMT.N).

Under the deal, part of a wider programme to modernise NATO member Turkey’s military, the aircraft will be produced, assembled and tested by Turkish aerospace firm Tusas in Ankara, Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul told reporters.

((Reporting by Zerin Elci, writing by Gareth Jones; Reuters Messaging: gareth.jones.reuters.com@reuters.net; Ankara newsroom +90 312 292 7012)) Keywords: TURKEY LOCKHEED/F 16

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