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France blocks missile development with Turkey, Altay MBT delayed by lack of powerpack, SSB head says

08 January 2020
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France is blocking missile development with Turkey while production of the Altay main battle tank (MBT) has been delayed because of the lack of an engine, İsmail Demir, head of Turkey's Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), told a press conference on 6 January.

Demir said the French government had been blocking progress with Turkey on the joint production of anti-ballistic missiles with Eurosam, Turkish media reported the same day.

Paris condemned Turkey's Operation 'Peace Spring' launched into northern Syria last October.

"We are in the definition study phase now. France has a negative attitude on the next phase. This is causing problems for further steps," Demir said, adding, "If this attitude continues, we will proceed with the other partner," referring to Italy.

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