The Turkish government is interested in acquiring the latest systems of air and missile defense MEADS, jointly developed by USA, Germany and Italy. This publication reports Defense News.
Recently Turkey held a tender for the purchase of a new air defense system, and adopted the Chinese proposal. But in November 2015, the transaction was terminated, as Ankara decided to pursue an independent development. When more in-depth consideration of the issue, it became clear that a new SAM will do in ten years.
«Given the seriousness and multiplicity of the threats, we don’t have the luxury of several years to wait for its own development, If we add to this the changing strategic balance, there is no doubt that MEADS is our priority,» said a source in the Turkish government.
At the moment the main threat to Turkey comes from Russia, which sent troops to Syria to prevent the fall of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russian air force operating in the vicinity of the boundaries, occasionally breaking it. One of the intruders was shot down Turkish air force.
Russia also supports the Syrian Kurds, whom Ankara considers terrorists. The representatives of the Turkish leadership stated that they will not allow the emergence of a Kurdish quasi in the border area.