World Bulletin / News Desk
Although Turkey has one of the largest armies in the world, it lacks an effective missile defence system and technology. Feeling uneasy from the Syrian civil war and its regional repercussions, Turkey has increased its military exercises and has mobilized specialized chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) teams to the border areas in order to increase its passive defenses against CBRN attacks across the border.
However, these efforts cannot eliminate Turkey’s uneasiness completely because it remains mostly dependent upon NATO deployed missile defense systems for protection from ballistic missile attack. Aiming to improve its own capacity, the Turkish government announced that the China Precision Machinery Import Export Corporation’s (CPMIEC) won Turkey’s five year tender to purchase a long-range air and missile defense system. Turkey especially opted for the Chinese company because of the concerns regarding cost and technology sharing. This situation has caused an intense debate both inside and outside Turkey about the correctness of this decision.
Nilsu Goren’s take below on Turkey’s air and missile defense journey presents a rare and detailed discussion of the issue. “Given the high costs, technical limitations, and political repercussions of air and missile defense systems”, she suggested that “Turkey should choose to remain integrated into the NATO structure and push for a change in NATO policy to receive an assurance to cover the entire Turkish territory with an alternative area defense system". Her suggestion is a matter of dispute; but her analysis presents important details we don’t see in other opinion pieces.Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2013, 14:04