Category Archives: Missile Defense

Musings on Missile Defense and Turkey’s Defense Doctrine

Lale Kemal reports that the Turkish Military “is allegedly very unhappy that it might finally acquire ‘second-hand, not battle-tested and cheap Chinese missiles,’ as opposed to US-made Patriot missile system …. the Turkish military is reportedly also mad at the … Continue reading

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The HQ-9: Dissecting Turkey’s Missile Defense Decision

Burak Bekdil, Turkey’s defense corespondent for Hurriyet Daily News and Jane’s Defence Weekly, reports that Turkey is “is strongly leaning toward adopting a Chinese long-range anti-missile and air defense system.” The HQ-9 missile system is reportedly based on and has … Continue reading

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Evaluating Turkey’s Missile Defense Plans

In January 2013, Lale Sariibrahimoglu and Nicholas de Larrinaga reported: Turkey has decided to abandon its plans to buy an off-the-shelf system for its T-Loramids surface-to-air missile (SAM) programme and is now seeking to co-develop a SAM system instead. Local … Continue reading

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Passive Defense: The Questions Turks Should be Asking about Patriot

Yesterday, I summarized an article I co-authored with Shashank Joshi – a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute- about the Patriot missile system and Turkey’s Syria policy. If you missed yesterday’s post, click here. In general, Shashank and … Continue reading

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The Patriots are here, Now what?

On 15 February, NATO announced that the final of the the six Patriot batteries was operational. According to the press release, “In response to Turkey’s request, NATO Foreign Ministers decided on 4 December 2012 that NATO would ‘augment Turkey’s air … Continue reading

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New Year’s Prediction Revisited: Turkey’s Missile Defense Tender

In early January 2013, I  predicted that: Turkey will not be able to reach an agreement for the sale of long range air and missile defenses. US export control laws will continue to hinder progress on the sale of Patriot … Continue reading

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NATO Missile Interceptors in Turkey: What is the PAC-3?

Now that the U.S. and Dutch Patriots are on their way to Turkey, I thought it was worth re-posting an article I co-authored with Shashank Joshi – a research fellow at the UK based Royal United Services Institute (follow him … Continue reading

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