Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
Turkey is considering the purchase Russia's S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapon system amid growing tensions in the region. According to local media, Turkey's government is choosing between Russia's S-400, US Patriot missile defense system, China's FD 2000 system and French- Italian Eurosam SAMP/T. Turkey will made a final decision on which company will provide the weapons during a meeting of the Defense Industry Executive Committee, which will be chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 4, Sabah reports.
Turkey has decided to purchase long-range ballistic missiles for the first time in its history as part of a $4 billion air-defense-system. Companies competing for the business include manufacturers from the US, Russia, China and the EU.
Turkey is set to spend $4 billion on this long-range air-defense-system project, which will entail the purchase of four different air-defense systems. These will aim to neutralize any threat posed by long-range missiles before they enter Turkish airspace.
Even though NATO's newly erected radar-defense system is located in Malatya, in eastern Turkey, the defense missiles to be launched in case of a potential attack are positioned outside the country. Therefore, Turkish officials have deemed it necessary for Turkey to have its own air-defense system. Security experts argue that the presence of a long-range missile system will be a deterrent to potential attackers.
Turkey's need for long-range air and missile-defense systems first became evident during the US operations in Iraq in 1991 and 2003. After lengthy negotiations, NATO ended up sending the Patriot system to Turkey. These Patriot missiles provided security against potential Scud missile attacks from Iraq.
In the meanwhile, Armenian and Russia mass media have repeatedly reported that S-400 systems may be deployed in Armenia to replace the existing S-300. The Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri, Armenia, is part of the Transcaucasian Group of Forces. The military base is part of a joint air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which was deployed in Armenia in 1995. There are nearly 5,000 Russian soldiers, MiG-29s and S-300 air defense systems in the base.