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Boeing to upgrade Swedish Air Force plane

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said on Thursday that it signed a $19.8 million engineering manufacturing development contract to upgrade avionics on the Swedish Air Force's C-130 transport plane.

The U.S. Air Force administered the contract, which is not definite.

Boeing said the deal, the largest ever between the Air Force and the Swedish government, is expected to be “definitized” by October.

Sweden received its first C-130 plane in 1965 and is the first European country to sign up for what the Air Force calls the avionics modernization program.

Boeing said the work will be done at its facility in San Antonio.

NATO

Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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