US approves $3.5bn sale of Patriot missile system to Turkey

20 December 2018 (Last Updated December 20th, 2018 10:16)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of Patriot missile system and related support and equipment to Turkey.

US approves $3.5bn sale of Patriot missile system to Turkey
Antenna Mast Group is mounted on an M927 5-Ton Cargo Truck. Credit: Los688.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of Patriot missile system and related support and equipment to Turkey.

Under the estimated $3.5bn sale, Turkey has requested 80 Patriot MIM-104E guidance enhanced missiles (GEM-T) with canisters, 60 PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles, and five electrical power plants (EPP) III.

Approved by the US State Department, the package will also include four AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four engagement control stations, ten antenna mast groups (AMGs), and 20 M903 launching stations.

In a statement, DSCA said: “This sale is consistent with US 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 US and Nato, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world.”

The sale will also cover the delivery of communications equipment, tools and test equipment, range and test programmes, prime movers, generators, technical assistance field team (TAFT), and systems integration and checkout (SICO).

“Patriot is an advanced, tactical air and missile defence system, which is designed to offer protection against a wide range of threats.”

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin will serve as the prime contractors for the possible sale.

Approximately 25 US Government and 40 contractor representatives will provide equipment de-processing / fielding, system checkout, training, and technical and logistics support.

Patriot is an advanced, tactical air and missile defence system, which is designed to offer protection against a wide range of threats.

The system will be deployed by Turkey to defend its territorial integrity, deter regional threats, safeguard against hostile aggression and shield Nato allies.

DSCA added: “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.”