US clears air missiles sales to Turkish army
The US State Department has cleared the way to sell $320-million air-to-air missiles to Turkey, as part of latterâs efforts to boost its security amid rising regional threats The United States has cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) missiles sale to Turkey after the country demanded arms from its NATO ally amid increasing security risks in the region.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced that the State Department has approved a possible sale to Turkey for AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM missiles from Raytheon and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $320 million, a statement released by the agency on its website said.
Turkey has requested 145 AMRAAMs, 10 missile guidance sections, and 40 LAU-129 launchers, containers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, integration activities, publications and technical documentation, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor logistics, engineering and technical support and other related elements or logistical and program support.
The statement said the sale was consistent with the âU.S. national interests of assisting its NATO ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense.â
âThe Turkish Air Force (THK) intends to obtain these missiles to modernize its inventory, which will support its own air defense needs and improve its interoperability with the U.S. and other NATO allies,â the statement said.
Under U.S. law, this kind of military equipment sale to an allied country is carried out automatically unless at least one senator formally requests a...