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Turkey selects Chinese HQ-9 SAM for T-Loramids

26 September 2013

In a surprise move Turkey has selected the Chinese HQ-9 surface-to air-missile (SAM) for its T-Loramids air-defence programme. The country has also confirmed the cancellation of its Milgem corvette programme and is to begin serial production of the TAI Hürkus basic trainer aircraft.

The decisions come following a 26 September meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) Turkish Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM), chaired by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - selecting China Precision Machinery Import Export Corporation (CPMIEC) for the multi-billion dollar SAM programme.

"It has been decided to start contract talks with China's CPMIEC for the joint production of the missiles and their systems in Turkey," the EC stated.

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