- US Contracts Turkish Firms for Long-Term Projects on Incirlik Air Base Amid Closure Fears
US Contracts Turkish Firms For Long-Term Projects On Incirlik Air Base Amid Closure Fears
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Tue 24th December 2019 | 01:44 PM
The US Department of Defense has awarded eight Turkish companies a total of $95 million for construction work and other projects on Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 24th December, 2019) The US Department of Defense has awarded eight Turkish companies a total of $95 million for construction work and other projects on Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.
The Pentagon's website posted information on eight Turkish companies that "have been awarded a $95,000,000 multiple award firm-fixed-price, indefinite-order/indefinite-quantity contract for design-build, partial design and full design infrastructure requirements."
The contract information page also said that the work will involve the general construction of the military base's facilities and is expected to be completed by December 2024, thereby demonstrating the Pentagon's long-term plans of remaining in Turkey.
In October, The New York Times revealed internal communications between the Pentagon and the Department of Energy regarding a plan to withdraw the nearly 50 tactical nuclear warheads available in Incirlik, thereby "effectively ending" the two countries' military alliance.
Both Erdogan and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in a television appearance said that they were willing to review the status of the Incirlik Air Base, along with NATO radar station Kurecik, if Washington were to move forward with imposing sanctions on Ankara for its purchase and installation of Russian S-400 air defense systems.