AMMAN, Jordan (APA)—Turkish military assistance to Azerbaijan has exceeded $200 million, said Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul Wednesday. He added that Azerbaijan can take part in the lucrative ATAK reconnaissance helicopter project.
“We have established cooperation [with Azerbaijan] in a number of defense sector realms since Azerbaijan declared independence and this process is continuing now,” said Gonul, who is attending the SOFEX 2010 Special Forces Operations Exhibition in Amman.
Gonul said that Azeri soldiers have been training in Turkish facilities and military schools for years.
Military cooperation agreements have already been signed between the two countries and efforts are moving forward legally, he continued.
“We are the sons of the same nation. We are ready to cooperate with Azerbaijan in all spheres,” emphasized the Turkish defense chief.
Gonul said that Azerbaijan would be welcome to take part in the ATAK helicopter project, which is a joint Turkey-Italy venture. The defense chief added that the first phase of the project, which was the production of the engines in the US, has been completed and the project was on track.
Gonul was joined by his Azeri counterpart Yaver Jamalov is signing an agreement for the joint production of nigh vision and thermal observation devices. A second agreement envisions the joint production of ammunition and other equipment.