Turkey agrees new extension in air defense program to counter Chinese FD-2000 system offer 2512141

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Thursday, December 25, 2014 11:52 AM
 
Turkey agrees new extension in air defense program to counter Chinese FD-2000 system offer.
Turkey has urged bidders in a multibillion dollar contract for the construction of its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system under the program name of T-LORAMIDS to agree on a sixth extension of the deadline to renew offers, said the Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz on December 21, 2014.
     
Turkey has urged bidders in a multibillion dollar contract for the construction of its first long-range air and anti-missile defense system under the program name of T-LORAMIDS to agree on a sixth extension of the deadline to renew offers, said the Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz on December 21, 2014.
Chinese-made launch station FD-2000 air defense missile system

     

"We have requested a new extension from the second and third best bidders," Yilmaz told reporters. "We have asked them to agree on a new extension of the deadline."

The Turkish program, T-LORAMIDS, consists of radar, launcher and interceptor missiles. It has been designed to counter enemy aircraft and missiles. Turkey has no long-range air defense systems.

According the WantChinaTimes, despite objections from the United States and other members of NATO, Turkey could still pushing for the purchase of the FD-2000 missile defense system, the export version of the HQ-9 surface-to-air missile from China.

In September 2013, Turkey selected China Precision Machinery Import Export Corp to build its long-range air and anti-missile defense system under a contract worth US$3.44 billion. Ankara later backed down under pressure from the United States and NATO, however, who said any Chinese-built system could not be integrated with NATO joint air defense assets.

The Chinese contender defeated a US partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, offering the Patriot air defense system; Russia’s Rosoboronexport, marketing the S-300; and Italian-French consortium Eurosam, maker of the SAMP Aster 30.

In June 2014, Turkish government has requested a new deadline for rival bidding companies to submit their proposals, allowing U.S. company Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp with its Patriot system and Italian-French team Eurosam with its SAMP/T system to revise their offers and try to head off the Chinese company, with which Turkey is still in talks.

The HQ-9 / FD-2000 is a medium-to-long range air defense missile system designed and manufactured in China by the Defense Company CPMIEC (China Precision Machinery Import & Export Corporation). The HQ-9 system is designed to track and destroy aircraft, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles.

The missile is armed with a 180 kg warhead, has a maximum speed of Mach 4.2. and has a maximum range of 200 km up to an altitude of 30 km. The missile has a proximity fuse with an effective range of 35m, which goes active when the missile is 5km away from its target.

     
The SAMP/T also called MAMBA in the French army is a theatre antimissile system designed to protect the battlefield and sensitive tactical sites (such as airports and sea ports) against all current and future airborne threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles in the 600 km range class.
French Army launch station SAMP air defense missile system
     
The SAMP/T also called MAMBA in the French army is a theatre antimissile system designed to protect the battlefield and sensitive tactical sites (such as airports and sea ports) against all current and future airborne threats, including cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles in the 600 km range class. The SAMP/T is produced by Eurosam, a 50:50 joint venture between MBDA and Thales. Its key components are the Aster 30 interceptor and Arabel multi-function radar.

The SAMP/T uses Aster 30 block 1 missiles which are equipped with a modified seeker, fuse, signal processing and a directional blast warhead where larger warhead fragments are directed towards the target.

Aster 30 has the capability to intercept targets at altitudes from 50 m to 20 km. against aircraft targets flying at altitudes above 3 km, the maximum range of the Aster 30 is 100 km. At aircraft targets with altitudes below 3 km, the range of Aster 30 is 50 km.
     
Patriot MIM-104 is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence missile system which was designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Patriot is produced by American companies Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
U.S. Army Army Spc. Timothy Jones, Bravo Battery 1-43 ADA Patriot Launch Station operator/maintainer, rotates a launching station to ensure no faults during a missile reload certification event at a non-disclosed Southwest Asia location, Feb. 8.
     
Patriot MIM-104 is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence missile system which was designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Patriot is produced by American companies Raytheon, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

The range of the missile is 70 km and maximum altitude is greater than 24 km. The MIM-104C PAC-2 missile was the first Patriot missile that was optimized for ballistic missile engagements.

The Patriot advanced capability PAC-3 missile has increased effectiveness against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, through the use of advanced hit-to-kill technology.
 

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