Turkey Selects Chinese Missile Defense System Over US & European Options

Chinese S-300 launcherAnkara has granted a long-awaited tender for long-range missile and air defense systems to Chinese contenders , following a meeting of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries’ executive council, which is headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. . . .

The other bidders were the U.S. partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, offering the Patriot air defense system; Russia’s Rosoboronexport, marketing the S-300; and the Italian-French consortium Eurosam, maker of the SAMP/T Aster 30.  (via Washington Point)

Image: Chinese S-300 launcher (photo: Jian Kang/Wikipedia)