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31 August 2016

Turkey’s Future Missile Defence System

According to news reports, Turkey is in talks with the Italian-French consortium Eurosam to purchase the SAMP/T ASTER 30 long-range missile defence system.

A French air force SAMP/T medium-range air-defence system fires an ASTER 30 missile which intercepted a Tactical Ballistic Missile (TBM) target for the first time in Europe. (Photo: DGA)

Despite speculation about Turkey's possible purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system following the recent Russian-Turkish rapprochement, Turkey is edging toward purchasing a European missile defence system.

Sources indicated that if the ongoing talks reach maturity, the main procurement is going to address the country's urgent security needs via a short-term bridge solution. Technology transfer and co-production will be considered as the long-term solution.

In November 2015, Turkey cancelled its $3.4 billion long-range missile defence system contract process, which was provisionally awarded to China in 2013 to produce its own indigenous system.
In the meantime, Aselsan and Roketsan started a programme to indigenously develop and produce short- and medium-altitude air defence systems in 2007, and in 2013 they completed the test launch of its first domestically developed and manufactured low-altitude air defence missile, HISAR-A, and set to work on HISAR-O, the medium-altitude system.