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Turkey Signs $1.1 Billion Deal with US on Warplanes

Turkey's Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul, right, and U. S. ambassador to Turkey Eric Edelman shake hands after their meeting in Gonul's office in Ankara
Turkey says it has signed a deal with the United States for modernizing the Turkish military's F-16 fighter jets.

Turkey's Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul announced the $1.1 billion deal, under which U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin corporation will modernize Turkey's 117 planes.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara Tuesday, Mr. Gonul praised the deal as a sign of cooperation between the two countries.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.