Turkey is ready to discuss possible cooperation in the development of a national missile defense system with all the countries concerned, including Russia, Turkey’s Undersecretary for Defense Industries Ismail Demir said Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
On October 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed cooperation in the field of defense industry in Istanbul. Three days after that, Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that Moscow and Anakara had agreed to work out the details of a possible cooperation on implementing the Turkish national missile defense system project.
In 2009, Turkey announced a $4-billion tender for the procurement of components for a missile defense system.
In 2013, Chinese company CPMIEC, which submitted the bid of 3.4 billion dollars, won the tender. However, a range of disputes occurred between Turkey and China. In November last year, Turkey officially cancelled the tender as it decided to develop a national missile defense project.
Recently, Russia has signed contracts with China and India for the delivery of S-400 surface-to-air defense missile systems.