Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Turkey insists Patriots would be 'purely defensive'
by Staff Writers
Ankara (AFP) Nov 26, 2012

The Turkish army insisted Monday that any deployment by NATO of Patriot missiles on the border with Syria would be used for defensive purposes only and not to launch any attack, after Damascus warned that the move would be a "provocation".

"The system is a purely defensive measure, against possible air and missile threats from Syria," the army command said in a statement, adding tghat it would not be used for the creation of a "no-fly zone" over Syria, or to "launch an attack".

Although NATO has yet to make a formal decision on Turkey's request for the US-made system, a team of experts is due to meet Turkish military officials and launch a site survey on Tuesday to determine possible locations for the missiles.

Turkey last week asked its partners in NATO to deploy the Patriots on the border with war-ravaged Syria after a series of cross-border shellings, including an attack that left five civilians dead.

"We believe we need to deploy those missiles in Turkey only for defence purposes... because there is a possibility that some short-range ballistic missiles might be used by Syria," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting in Ankara.

But the Syrian regime's allies Russia and Iran are deeply opposed to the move.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Friday that such a deployment could spark a "very serious armed conflict" involving NATO.

However NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Lavrov that any deployment "would in no way support a no-fly zone or any offensive operations", according to a spokesman for the alliance.

Tehran also warned that the deployment of missiles would "aggravate and complicate" the 20-month-old conflict in Syria.

NATO is expected soon to respond to the Turkish request, which was formally submitted last Wednesday.

Arinc said the number of Patriot batteries and and their location would be decided after the visiting technical team reports back to the alliance.

The Patriots could be deployed in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir or Sanliurfa or Malatya in the east, which already hosts an early warning radar as part of NATO's missile defence system, according to the private NTV television.

Turkey might receive up to six Patriot batteries and some 300 foreign troops to operate the system, which is expected to be supplied by The Netherlands or Germany, the two European providers of the US-made weapons.

Ankara, a one-time Damascus ally, has become a staunch opponent of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad over the conflict that has now killed more than 40,000 people according to activists and sent more than 120,000 refugees into Turkey.


Related Links
Learn about missile defense at
All about missiles at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Hamas arsenal hit but rocket know-how intact
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Nov 25, 2012
The distinctive whoosh of a longer-range rocket leaving Gaza set sirens wailing in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem within minutes, as Hamas militants broke new ground in the fight against Israel. And although the Islamists' firepower was hard hit during its eight-day confrontation with Israel, Hamas has valuable technical knowledge at its fingertips which could be used to rebuild its arsenal. In t ... read more

Russia warns Turkey against deploying Patriot missiles

Patriot performs flawlessly in Japan test firings

NATO to consider Turkey request for Patriots 'without delay'

Turkey says will seek NATO Patriot missiles as soon as possible

Turkey insists Patriots would be 'purely defensive'

India tests missile interceptor

South Korea deploys new cruise missiles: report

N. Korea preparing for missile launch

Precision, Wireless Ground Handling of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

Lockheed Martin Acquires Chandler May

USAF and Raytheon evaluate avoidance capabilities for safe UAS flight

Israel destroys Gaza drone workshop: army

Lockheed Martin to Demonstrate Key Component of Tactical MilSat Communications System

The Skynet 5D secure telecom satellite is received in French Guiana for Arianespace's December Ariane 5 mission

Lockheed Martin Completes On Orbit Testing of Second AEHF Satellite

LynuxWorks LynxOS-SE Deployed by ITT Exelis in New Line of Software-Defined Radios

Russia frees physicist convicted of spying for China

Dog noses inspire explosives detector

10 killed in Yemen military plane crash: ministry

Britain defends shooting pigs for army medic training

Japan's opposition pledges national security boost

Defense contest over major gulf arms buys

China eyes S. America as defense customer

Marine general sworn in at US Southern Command

India counters China map claims in a tit-for-tat move

Japan appoints new ambassador to China

US-Myanmar detente forces Chinese rethink: experts

Estonian embassy in Minsk to become NATO liaison

King's College London finds rainbows on nanoscale

Optical microscopes lend a hand to graphene research

Controlling heat flow through a nanostructure

ORNL pushes the boundaries of electron microscopy to unlock the potential of graphene

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement