BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey in an attempt to convince Ankara to abandon the acquisition of the Russian-made S-400 system.
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of $3.5 billion (USD) worth of Patriot missiles to Turkey.
“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 Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today,” they said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
“This proposed sale 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.
Turkey is a member of and critical enabling platform for the Defeat-ISIS campaign and continues to be an essential element of our National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy efforts to compete against great powers in both Europe and the Middle East.
The TPY-2 radar site that Turkey hosts is important to the European Phased Adaptive Approach and to efforts to protect Allies and partners against growing Iranian ballistic missile threats.
This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies with modern systems capable of being networked to defend against regional instability.
The proposed sale will enhance Turkey’s interoperability with the United States and NATO, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world,” they added.