U.S. in talks to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey

18 July, 2018, 15:15 | Author: Wade Massey
  • U.S. in talks to sell Patriot missiles to Turkey

Kaydanov at the Farnborough air show said that the US is negotiating with Turkey and "is trying to convey to the Turkish side about what can be done in this situation with regard to US Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems".

Turkey's plans to buy the Russian air and missile defense system have raised tensions with Washington, and USA lawmakers are seeking to block the transfer of any F-35 jets to Turkey.

"Turkey has had an interest in Patriot, so we've been working for a while on how we can make that work", he said.

However, it is still not clear whether Ankara will renounce its recent deal with Moscow to buy the S-400 surface-to-air missile system, which is due to be delivered in July next year. "Only then can the US Department of Defense appeal to the US Senate for approval of the sale", he said.

US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials want to prevent the Russian-built defense system from accumulating information about Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets just as they are gaining a foothold in Europe.

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United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials have repeatedly warned Ankara that the Russian system can not be integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation air and missile defence system, while its purchase would jeopardise Ankara's acquisition of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets.

In November 2016, it became known about the negotiations between Turkey and Russian Federation on the purchase of S-400.

The United States is working to curb Russian influence over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally Turkey while undercutting Moscow's viability as a competitor for defense contracts throughout the Middle East.

Kurc said that the Patriot missiles could meet Turkey's needs until a new air defense system, co-developed by Turkey and Eurosam, is deployed.

Ankara's ties with its Western allies in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have been strained over a range of issues. The comments contradict previous protestations from Ankara about Washington's refusal to sell the Lockheed-made systems, which officials have cited as the reason for buying the S-400. "This would enhance its ability to track and engage possible targets", he said.

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