26 Sep '13, 5pm

Chinese Firm Wins Big Turkish Air-Defense Deal

ANKARA — In a multibillion-dollar deal, Turkey agreed Thursday to buy a Chinese-made long-range air- and missile-defense system — a move that could prevent the system from being integrated with Turkey’s existing NATO architecture. A contract valued at a reported $3 billion was awarded to the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp. CPMEIC, maker of the HQ-9 long-range air-defense and anti-missile system. Turkey had been strongly leaning toward a Chinese system, Defense News reported in June. The decision to acquire the system, dubbed T-Loramids, from the Chinese contender was made at a Thursday meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee, which oversees major procurement decisions and is chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The contract was initially expected to be worth $4 billion, but one procurement official said the Chinese manufacturer had redu...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130926/DEFREG03/3092...

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