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China & Turkey conclude $4 bln air defense deal

09-28-2013 08:29 BJT

Turkey has chosen the China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation to co-produce a 4 billion U.S. dollar long-range air and missile defense system.

It’s the first time China has sold air defense weapons to a NATO member. The winning Chinese FD-2000 system beat the U.S. Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T.

Turkish analysts say their choice of a Chinese firm is due to technological reasons as well as cost effectiveness. The contract enables Turkey to have its own long-range missile defense system for the first time.


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