US government still advocates for the Patriot missile system in Turkey

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Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:48 AM
 
US Government still advocates for the Patriot missile system in Turkey
According to Reuters, The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, September 10.
     
According to Reuters, The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday, September 10.
US Patriot firing units deployed in Turkey
     
"We're in regular contact with the Turks about the U.S. offer in this particular competition," Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security and security assistance, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit.

U.S. and NATO officials had warned Turkey that its collaboration with China on the system could raise questions about the compatibility of weaponry and of security.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan this week said Turkey was in talks with France after disagreements with China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC), which was originally awarded the tender last September.

Franco-Italian Eurosam, which is owned by Franco-Italian missile maker MBDA and France's Thales (TCFP.PA), came second in the tender, while the Raytheon bid came in third. Kausner welcomed Turkey's decision to turn away from the Chinese bid, and said Washington was convinced that Raytheon and Lockheed had offered a "unique and qualified solution."

"We continue to relay those points at all levels to our Turkish allies and ultimately we hope that they'll choose the Patriot system offered by the Raytheon-Lockheed consortium," he told the summit, held at the Reuters office in Washington.

"We're hopeful. We continue to advocate strongly on behalf of that U.S. system," he said.

Raytheon declined comment, and said the potential foreign military sale was a government-to-government matter.

 

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