US approves possible sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey
WASHINGTON – Anadolu Agency
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the department approved the sale of 80 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles (GEM-T) missiles, 60 PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles and associated equipment.
The agency notified Congress of the possible sale.
The sale includes radar sets, engagement control stations, launching stations, communications equipment, tools and test equipment, range and test programs and support equipment.
"The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Turkey military to guard against hostile aggression and shield NATO Allies who might train and operate within Turkey's borders. Turkey should have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces," said the agency.
Washington has complained that the Russian system is not compatible with weapons used by other NATO countries.
Patriot missiles are used for defense purposes, mainly to shoot down incoming missiles and planes.