Monday, August 11, 2008
ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
Turkey is preparing to upgrade its missile defense umbrella with a mix of imports and domestic production, according to a Defense Ministry official. The Long-Range Air and Missile Defense System Project will meet the bulk of the need for mobile air defense through international tenders, while the rest will be met through home production, the undersecretary for defense industries, Murad Bayar said.
Four batteries will be purchased for the Turkish Air Force initially, but later Turkey will have eight anti-missile systems by buying four more batteries. Missile types manufactured by the United States, Russia, China and Israel are the main alternatives for air defense systems. However, experts claimed that there are merely two rivals: the United States and Russia. Bayar said Turkey was thinking of the four countries and negotiations with them were still on going. He said subsystems of the project would be jointly produced with Turkish companies.
Russia currently has the S-300 model product line, yet it will start producing S-400s through upgrading the first. We are interested in S-400 model as well, Bayar said.
‘We’ll neutralize S-300 if they’re sold to Iran’
The Jerusalem Post
Aug. 8, 2008
If Russia goes through with the sale of its most advanced anti-aircraft missile system to Iran, Israel will use an electronic warfare device now under development to neutralize it and as a result present Russia as vulnerable to air infiltrations, a top defense official has told The Jerusalem Post.
The Russian system, called the S-300, is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world today and has a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit targets at altitudes of 27,000 meters.
While Russia has denied that it sold the system to Iran, Teheran claimed last year that Moscow was preparing to equip the Islamic Republic with S-300 systems. Iran already has TOR-M1 surface-to-air missiles from Russia.
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