Turkey has selected officially Chinese new air defense missile system FD-2000 for its armed forces
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|Friday, September 27, 2013 10:38 AM|
|Turkey has selected officially Chinese FD-2000 as new air defense missile system for its armed forces.|
NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defence firm to co-produce a US$4 billion long-range air and missile defence system FD-2000, rejecting rival bids from Russian, US and European firms. The Turkish defence minister announced the decision to award the contract to China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp (CPMIEC) in a statement on Thursday, September 26, 2013.
Chinese FD-2000 air defense missile system launcher unit at Zhuhai Air Show China 2012.
In February, the United States announced sanctions on CPMIEC for violations of the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
It did not say precisely what CPMIEC had done, but Washington has penalised the company before. In 2003, Washington said it was extending sanctions on the firm for arms sales to Iran. It was unclear when those measures were first imposed.
Officials at state-run CPMIEC, the marketing arm of China’s missile manufacturing industry, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Turkey, which has the second-largest deployable military force in the NATO alliance, has no long-range missile defence system of its own, but NATO has deployed the US-built Patriot air and missile defence system there since last year.
The winning Chinese FD-2000 missile system beat the U.S. Patriot, the Russian S-400 and the French-Italian Eurosam Samp-T.
After decades of steep military spending increases and cash injections into local contractors, experts say some Chinese-made equipment is now comparable to Russian or Western weaponry.
China became the world’s fifth-biggest arms supplier last year, with 5 per cent of the market, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Pakistan was its biggest customer.