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Turkey to develop anti-missile system with France and Italy

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The executive committee of the Undersecreteriat for Defense Industries has agreed to give a green light on 22 different procurement projects, worth a total of $5 billion, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Nov. 3.

These 22 projects include purchase and co-production of long range anti-ballistic missile systems, developing electronic warfare systems, a tank modernization program, and modernization and mass production of combat choppers and drones.

The most eye-catching, expensive and difficult of these projects is obtaining an anti-ballistic missile system. With Turkey surrounded by countries that have already acquired middle- to long-range missile systems, it could be said that it is a relative latecomer to the table.

NATO’s massive anti-ballistic missile system does not cover the whole of Turkey, leaving it vulnerable to middle-range missiles launched from Middle Eastern countries. Turkey’s negotiations with the U.S. over the purchase of Patriot Pac-3 systems remained........

© Hürriyet Daily News