The Turkish government is considering the purchase of Russian air defense system S-400 "Triumph" for the defense of the country, said on Thursday the local newspaper "Sabah".
This decision Ankara will take due with aggravate the situation in the region, including Iran.
The final decision about what kind of foreign anti-aircraft missile system to purchase for ballistic missile defense will be taken at a meeting of the Executive Committee for the defense industry of the country, which will be held July 4, under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
At the current time considered four options for missile defense systems — Russian With the system-400 SAM South American Patriot (PAK-3), Chinese system FD-2000 and the Franco-Italian SAM Eurosam SAMP / T.
On the creation of the state defense system, Turkey is planning to izderzhat 4,000,000,000 dollars. At the current time in service with no means of defense of the country distant radius acts that could intercept ballistic missiles at long range even approaching the area of the country.
Afield Turkey is a NATO missile defense radar, but the funds of the European missile defense system on the territory of the country do not. The newspaper "Sabah" shows that the need for having long-range missiles has become trivial in 1991 with start of U.S. military operations against Iraq. After much persuasion, NATO temporarily located in the Turkey Patriot air defense system to protect against possible missile attacks on areas of the country by Iraqi missiles "Scud", reports "Interfax".