NATO member Turkey to buy $3.4 billion worth of incompatible Chinese antimissiles
The Turkish military is determined to buy long-range anti-missile systems from China, even though they wouldn’t be compatible with NATO weapons. Security concerns have been raised by other members of the alliance.
Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, in a written statement to the parliament, gave an assurance that the contract would go ahead.
“The project will be financed with foreign financing. Work on assessing the bids has been completed and no new official bid was received,” the minister said.
“The system in question will be integrated with the national system for Turkey’s defense and will be used without integrating with NATO,” he added.
However, later an official for Turkey’s Defense Industries told Reuters that Turkey had not taken a final decision on the contract and talks with China were continuing.
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