Ankara decided the fate of the long-awaited competition for the purchase of air defense / missile long range, in which, apart from non-NATO countries participated, such as the U.S., France and Italy, reported defense-aerospace.com September 26.
Following the meeting of the Executive Board subsecretariat defense industry (Undersecretariat for Defense Industries’ executive council) of Turkey at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) was decided in favor of the acquisition of the Chinese HQ-9 systems (missiles FD-2000) as more than a cheap, despite the fear that these SAMs may have difficulty with integration of early warning system of NATO. System was proposed by the Chinese Export-import company of precision engineering CPMIEC (China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp.), The offer price of about 3 billion U.S. dollars.
The competition was attended by South American company Raytheon and Lockheed Martin (System Patriot), Russian Rosoboronexport «(S-300) and the Italian-French Eurosam (SAMP / T Aster 30).
Currently, Turkey has no air defense systems / long-range missile, the contest was designated T-LORAMIDS, the purchase price is determined in the amount of 4 billion U.S. dollars.
As said, Reuters September 26, the Chinese company CPMIEC is subject to sanctions by the United States for violation of the law banning the supply of arms to Iran, North Korea and Syria. United States did not specify for which agreements in 2003, sanctions were imposed, but the situation for Iran. This event, of course, will give legal difficulties in the design contract, as Turkey as a NATO ally, is expected to join U.S. efforts to ban the illegal trade in guns. The agency noted that CPMIEC itself does not produce missiles, creating short-and medium-range Chinese company engaged in aerospace science and industry CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp).