28 Nov '15, 6pm

Turkey Leans Toward Local Air Defense System

Turkey Leans Toward Local Air Defense System

Industry experts warn that Turkey’s efforts to develop an indigenous system could be costly and take longer than expected. “Turkey does not have the expertise in this kind of technology for a swift and economical solution,” one London-based expert said. Sitki Egeli, a missile defense expert, said a local program would take 10 to 15 years to develop and manufacture. “Turkey’s only option is to partner with a country or a group of countries that possess these capabilities and are willing to share them,” Egeli said. “Turkey must be patient and prepared to allocate a big budget for a program of this size.” Turkey in 2007 designed a program to indigenously develop and produce short- and medium-altitude air defense systems, granting the work to a partnership of Aselsan and Roketsan. In October 2013, Aselsan completed the test launch of its first domestically developed and manufa...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/policy-budget/in...

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