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The sale recognizes that the joint venture met Turkey's goal of establishing an indigenous aerospace manufacturing capability and that TAI has matured to operations as a stand-alone company.
TAI was established in 1984 as a joint venture company supporting the industrial participation program for Turkey's purchase of F-16 aircraft. Under the original charter, Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) owned 42 percent, General Electric owned 7 percent and Turkish interests owned 51 percent of TAI. GE is also selling its shares to TUSAS at this time.
The Turkish owners are acquiring the U.S. owned shares as part of Turkey's plan to consolidate its defense industry into a single company.
TAI produced 240 F-16 aircraft for Turkey during the 1980s and 1990s and assembled 46 F-16s for the Egyptian Air Force. Building on these operations, the company expanded its activities to include aerostructures manufacturing and production of other fixed and rotary wing aircraft, in addition to aerospace design and development.
"We congratulate TAI and the government of Turkey for evolving the joint venture effort into a world class aerospace company. Lockheed Martin looks forward to continuing to work with TAI in the future on mutually beneficial programs, including the modernization of Turkish F-16s and participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program," said Larry J. McQuien, vice president of Business Ventures for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company.
"TAI achieved a registered success in terms of quality and customer satisfaction in the Peace Onyx Program, the scope of which was to co-produce and deliver 240 F-16C/D aircraft to the Turkish Air Force," said Murad Bayar, undersecretary of the defense industry for Turkey and chairman of TAI.
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