World Bulletin / News Desk
Undersecretary of the Defense Industry Murad Bayar, concerning Turkey’s missile deal with Chinese firm, said on Thursday that among the four dealers participating to the tender Turkey preferred to negotiate with the Chinese firm upon the evaluations of the decision makers; the ongoing negotiations may take 6 months to 1 year to finalize.
Speaking at a press conference following the NATO Industrial Forum 2013 Meeting in Istanbul, Bayar said that the process of the long range missile tender is a long and sophisticated process; thus giving an exact time or schedule is quite difficult.
Upon questions concerning Turkish government’s preference to negotiate with a Chinese firm Bayar said “The system is a Turkish national defense system. There were 4 firms participated in the tender. we preferred to negotiate with the Chinese firm following the evaluations of the decision makers. Of course Turkey recognises the sensitivity of her allies. As a NATO member we believe that this system will contribute to the capabilities of NATO. However, despite all the process will run in accordance with the priorities and preferences.”
Bayar also said that Turkey have started to negotiate on the contract with the Chinese firm. It is a sophisticated process so it is difficult to give an exact date for the finalisation of the process; it may take 6 months to 1 year.
Bayar underlined that Turkey has made a multi dimensional analysis including long and short time operational needs, setting and running of the system, technological transfer and industrial capabilities besides integration of the system to the NATO defense systems and the budget.
"Turkish authorities are well aware of the sensitivities of their allies”
Speaking at the same conference Deputy Secretary General of NATO Alexander Vershbow said that each country has the right to decide on configuration of her defense system. “However, it is crucial that the configured defense system can be integrated to that of the allies. This is main principle for the allies and Turkish authorities are well aware of the sensitivities of their allies in this context,” said Verbow.
NATO Industry Forum 2013 meeting is held annually aiming to contribute to the dialogue among the member states and defense industries and promote cooperation.