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Turkey wants cheap missile defense system from China, and NATO is angry.

European Security News.- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu

European Security News.- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoglu

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed concern on Monday over Turkey’s decision to co-produce a missile defense system with a Chinese firm, saying he expected Ankara to choose a system that was compatible with those of other allies.

Turkey has said it is likely to sign a $3.4 billion missile defense deal with a Chinese firm that is subject to U.S. sanctions, although its decision is not yet final.

 

The United States says the Chinese missile defense system would not work with NATO systems, is not able to work and operate with european systems.

 

 

Turkey had not yet made a final decision and was still in talks on the new defense system.

 

However, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said last month it favored China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp’s (CPMIEC) FD-2000 missile defense system over more expensive rival systems from Russian, U.S. and European firms.

Integrating a Chinese system into NATO’s defenses could raise cyber-security concerns and issues about NATO swapping technical data with a Chinese firm.

 

For China, the deal would be a breakthrough in its bid to become a supplier of advanced weapons.

 

Some Western defense analysts have said they were surprised by Turkey’s decision, having expected the contract to go to Raytheon Co, a U.S. company that builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco-Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.