US to sell Turkey Patriot missiles in $7.8 billion deal

US President Barack Obama’s administration has notified Congress of a possible $7.8 billion sale of Patriot PAC-3 antimissile batteries and related equipment to Turkey, the only NATO ally bordering Iran. The sale would include 13 Patriot “fire units,” 72 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and a range of associated hardware for ground-based air defense, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a notice made public September 11.

The cost, at $7.8 billion, would be one of the biggest US government-to-government arms sales in years and would mark the return of Turkey as a major US arms buyer.

Source:  Today’s Zaman

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