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Russia delivers 3 multipurpose helicopters to Turkey: report

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A Russian firm has completed delivery of three multipurpose helicopters to Turkey, the company’s CEO was quoted as saying, the Hürriyet Daily News reported.

“We have completed execution of the contract to supply three Ka-32 helicopters to Turkey,” Andrey Boginsky, CEO of Russian Helicopters, JSC, told reporters on the sidelines of the ARMY-2019 forum held June 25-30 in Moscow Oblast.      

He added that Moscow and Ankara were engaged in talks about buying more copters from the firm.      

Russia and Turkey signed the deal for the Ka-32s at the Eurasia Airshow last year in the Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya.       

The helicopters are reportedly to be used for firefighting.      

Calling the Turkish market “one of the most promising,” this April Boginsky said based on the size of the country, Turkey needs more helicopters to fight fires.

The delivery comes amid stronger diplomatic and defense industry ties between Ankara and Moscow, including Turkey’s purchase of an S-400 missile defense system. 

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