Agreement signed to deploy European MDS in Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 14 / Trend /
Turkey and the U.S signed the agreement to deploy the European missile defense system (MDS) in Turkey, "Sabah" newspaper reported.
According to the agreement, the radar will be placed on the Kurecik base in the Turkish city of Malatya.
An early-warning radar system will be deployed in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Ministry's official representative Selcuk Unal said earlier.
The diplomat recalled that the decision on deploying anti-missile defense system was adopted at the NATO summit in Lisbon last year. Turkey initially supported the initiative.
The already established anti-missile defense systems, including Aegis are planned to be deployed in Europe at the first stage of creating European MDS. According to the plan, it must complete this year. The radar is an offshore radar detection system AN / TPY -2. The deployment of the radar and interceptor missiles will reflect regional ballistic missile threats to Europe.
The second phase will be completed by 2015.
The third phase must end in 2018. It involves the development, testing and deployment of advanced SM -3 (Block IIA).
The fourth phase is planned to be completed by 2020. It involves SM -3 (Block IIB) deployment.