Turkey extends the bids for the purchase of a new air defense missile system 0205141

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Friday, May 2, 2014 09:32 AM
 
Turkey extends the bids for the purchase of a new air defense missile system.
Turkey has extended the validity of bids in a multi-billion dollar missile defense system tender for the second time despite having provisionally awarded the deal to China, a senior Turkish defense official said. In September 2013, Turkey has selected the Chinese-made FD-2000, but U.S. claims that the FD-2000 may not be compatible with the existing NATO defense network.
     
     

Turkey has extended the validity of bids in a multi-billion dollar missile defense system tender for the second time despite having provisionally awarded the deal to China, a senior Turkish defense official said.

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 Franco-Italian Eurosam and U.S.-listed Raytheon Co. It said China offered the most competitive terms and would allow co-production in Turkey.

The bidders comprise a partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, makers of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system, and the European group Eurosam, maker of the SAMP Aster 30 missile. The official said the bids from Eurosam and Raytheon, which was due to expire on April 30, would be extended for a further two months.

“Their bids will be valid until June 30,” the official said, declining to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

In September, Turkey said it selected China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corp. (CPMIEC) to build the system. CPMIEC’s bid was priced at $3.44 billion, according to Murad Bayar, then-Turkey’s top procurement official.

     
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile system
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Patriot PAC-3 air defense missile system
     
Eurosam/MBDA SAMP Aster 30 air defense missile system.
Eurosam/MBDA SAMP Aster 30 air defense missile system.
 

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