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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 237-00
May 10, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO TURKEY ANNOUNCED

The Government of Turkey has requested a possible sale of one FFG-7 Perry class guided missile frigate for service with the Turkish Navy. Also included are 800 rounds of 20mm cartridges, other ammunition items, shipyard/port support services and post transfer activities relating to "hot ship" turnover of one Perry class frigate from the U.S. Navy, contractor engineering and logistics personnel support services, publications, repair and calibration services for shipboard equipment, publications and technical data/drawings, training and training equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts and other elements of logistics necessary to prepare the frigate for transfer to Turkey in a "safe to steam" condition with all shipboard and weapon systems operational. The estimated total cost is $60 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Turkey, while enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability.

Turkey already has six Perry class frigates in its navy fleet. Turkey needs these frigates to continue its naval modernization program and enhance its anti-submarine warfare capability. The frigates will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as embodied in the terms of sale. This sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.

The Perry class vessel will be transferred on a "hot ship" basis. The primary effort for transfer will be completed through the Naval Sea Systems Command. There are no prime contractors for provision of the weapon systems applicable to this platform. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of two contractor representatives in-country for two months to provide engineering technical support.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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