Turkey Goes Chinese for Missile Defense

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Turkey has announced plans to coproduce a long-range air and missile defense system with China’s Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation. Ankara’s decision which came at the expense of US or French-Italian offers, surprised Turkey’s NATO Allies and quickly led to criticism. The decision to purchase a critical equipment that will not be inter-operable with NATO reflects the evolution in Ankara’s long term thinking about gaining an autonomous capability for theater missile defense.

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