by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) July 31, 2017
The Pentagon on Monday criticized Turkey's plans to purchase a Russian air-defense system instead of investing in NATO technology.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in talks to get Russia to supply Ankara with its latest S-400 surface-to-air missile system.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the Pentagon had concerns over its NATO ally's purchase of the Russian technology because it might not work with other equipment used by the 29-nation alliance.
"Generally speaking it's a good idea for allies to buy inter-operable equipment," Davis said.
"With any ally, with any partner with whom we inter-operate ... we want them to buy things and invest in things that will further invest in our alliance."
Turkish media have in recent days reported that the deal is being finalized with Russia.
If it is completed, it would be a significant step after the two countries repaired relations damaged by Ankara's downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border in 2015.
The S-400 system has a range of about 400 kilometers (250 miles) and is designed to shoot down enemy aircraft.
Washington (UPI) Jul 26, 2017
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control was awarded an $85.5 million contract modification for the production of Long Range Anti Ship Missiles for the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense announced on Monday. The modification provides for the manufacture of 23 LRASM Lot 1 missiles. The work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with a projected completion date of Sept. 29, 2019. ... read more
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