25 Oct '13, 9pm

Turkey Remains Defiant About Co-Producing Missile Defense System with China

Turkey Remains Defiant About Co-Producing Missile Defense System with China

The Turkish selection has angered the US, saying the system would not be compatible with those of Turkey’s other allies. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated on Tuesday that arms purchases were national decisions but stressed the importance of interoperability between the systems nations plan to acquire and the systems of other NATO countries. “My answer to NATO is that nine of its members still hold Russian made missiles. They had to get those missiles out of their inventory. The Chinese system will be checked to see if it fits the NATO standards,” Erdogan said. The main challenge is the integration of the Chinese system with NATO’s ‘air situational picture’ command and control network shared among all the alliance countries. According to US industry sources, while the system could be operated side by side with NATO systems, full integration remains a chall...

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