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Turkey sacks defence official involved in China missile talks

A Turkish defence official involved in a controversial decision to procure a Chinese missile system instead of European and US alternatives has been removed from his post

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:39pm
UPDATED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 3:42pm
 

Turkey has removed Murad Bayar, Defence Ministry undersecretary for the state-run defence industries, from his post with immediate effect, the official gazette showed on Thursday.

The ministry did not give a reason for the decision.

Bayar had been influential in Turkey’s negotiations with China over the procurement of a missile defence system.

Turkey’s Nato allies voiced concern when it said in September it had chosen China’s FD-2000 missile defence system over rival offers from the Franco-Italian Eurosam SAMP/T and US-listed Raytheon.

Ankara had said China offered the most competitive terms and would allow co-production in Turkey.

 

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hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
as i have suspected, all along turkey has already decided to not buy china missile sys from the very beginning. just sounds too good to be true....
it is bloody obvious they are trying to squeeze and maximize their negotiation/bargaining with the west.
by declaring interest to pursue and confirm purchase but yet, they still have the option to cancel the so called intend to purchase clause anytime, makes you wonder their true intention.
lib_prc

In this case, the West turned out to be bad losers...
ejmciii
True they should have just let a nuclear armed rival have the inside track on a missile defense system via a PLA controlled company that would have access to the other software and hardware elements of said system. What a maroon.
shuike
Perhaps NATO already knows what's there to know about the ancient Chinese system. That would explain their disinterest.

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