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Turkey has taken the delivery of two Bombardier Global 6000 type business aircraft which will be integrated with locally developed Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform (HAVA SOJ).

The project has been initiated by the SSB to develop electronic warfare special mission aircraft, according to a statement by the Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) Friday.

Defense Industries Presidency (SSB) Chairman İsmail Demir, as well as the representatives of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ/TAI), ASELSAN, Air Forces Command and Bombardier, examined the aircraft at TAI facilities.

"We aim that the systems we will build will have much more advanced elements than the systems used in various countries around the world," Demir said.

Previously, SSB and ASELSAN had signed the Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack Ability in Air Platform (HAVA SOJ) Project with a view to developing electronic warfare special mission aircraft and later transferred the contract to ASELSAN-TAI joint venture, the statement read.

Four HAVA SOJ systems to be built within the scope of the project will be delivered to the Air Force Command as of 2023. The systems will be able to detect, identify and locate enemy communication systems and radar (air defense, early warning, etc.), as well as to mix, deceive and blind these systems to prevent them from being used against friendly elements particularly in cross-border operations.

The HAVA SOJ system, which has superior technological features than the Land-Based Remote Electronic Support/Electronic Attack (KARA SOJ) system will combine electronic warfare capabilities on an aircraft.

All of the electronic warfare mission systems to be integrated into HAVA SOJ Systems will be nationally developed and produced in Turkey.

It is intended that the modification and certification procedures for commercial aircraft bought under the contract will be made in Turkey using all national opportunities.

The project is difficult enough to be actualized by only a few companies in the world which have a say in the field of defense industries and electronic war, the statement noted, adding that it is of great importance in terms of showing the point that the Turkish national defense industry has reached.

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