Saturday, February 28, 2015

Turkey to ink US$3.4bn air defense system deal with China

WANT CHINA TIMES - 2015-02-24

Turkey will go ahead with a deal to purchase a US$3.4 billion air defense system from China, the Turkish defense minister has said, according to a report in China's Global Times.
Turkish defense minister Ismet Yilmaz said the system will be integrated with Turkey's national defense system but not with NATO's systems.
The decision may not be final, as a spokesperson for Turkey's undersecretariat for defense industries has said that negotiations with all bidders for the contract were still underway, Reuters reports.
The system, called the Turkey Long Rage Air and Missile Defense System, would be jointly built by China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC) and Turkish defense companies, based on China's HQ-9 long-range ground-to-air missile.
The bid for the system was first announced in 2009. CPMIEC's HQ-9 won the bid over manufacturers from Russia, the US and Europe. NATO's concerns about the HQ-9 and issues with integration forced Turkey to cancel the bid, however.
In the second round of bidding, CPMIEC won over bids from the French/Italian Eurosam consortium and Raytheon's Patriot missile system.