KALE AERO Becomes First Turkish Supplier for Aegis Combat System
Following a contract in 2013 with the U.S. Navy for production of the next eight Aegis systems, Lockheed Martin has teamed with KALE HAVACILIK SANAYİ A.Ş (KALE AERO) to support the U.S. Aegis program. This award marks the first time a Turkish company has been named a supplier for Aegis. Under the contract, KALE AERO will build and 148 units of a mechanical system that is used in the Aegis computing suite.
“This contract represents the first step in fully engaging the Turkish industry in our Aegis program,” said Doug Wilhelm, director of International Programs at Lockheed Martin. “We look forward to building a robust relationship with KALE AERO and other Turkish companies to support the U.S. Navy and our Fleet with the most advanced systems and technologies.”
Previously, KALE AERO has supported Lockheed Martin in the production of components for the Army Tactical Missile System and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter programs. In these efforts, KALE AERO produced maintenance-critical and fuel tank structural parts. The Aegis contract will be the company’s first work with Lockheed Martin on its naval systems portfolio.
The multi-mission Aegis Combat System is trusted by governments and navies around the world. Rooted in more than 40 years of success, Aegis has evolved into a worldwide network, encompassing nine active baselines and seven ship classes in five countries.
October 28, 2014