The State Department says the U.S. has proposed the sale of a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey.
Congress has been notified of the proposed sale, which is aimed at improving Turkey’s air and missile defense capabilities.
The State Department says the deal “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a key NATO Ally on the front lines of the fight against terrorism.”
It comes amid U.S. concerns that Turkey, a NATO ally, is buying surface-to-air missile systems from Russia. The U.S. has complained that the Russian system is not compatible with weapons used by other NATO countries.
The State Department says, “The proposed sale will enhance Turkey’s interoperability with the United States and NATO.”
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey of eighty (80) Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, sixty (60) PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.5 billion,” the Tuesday, December 19 release said.
Turkey has also requested the possible sale of four AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, four Engagement Control Stations, 10 Antenna Mast Groups (AMGs), 20 M903 Launching Stations, and five Electrical Power Plant (EPP) III. Included in the request are related communications and test equipment, support programs and other training and services, DSCA said.