Nov 19 2017

Turkey may remove NATO radar if F-35s not delivered - Yeni Şafak

In retaliation to the NATO’s warning that Turkey’s planned purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system would jeopardise the F-35 fighter jets delivery, Turkey may dismantle a significant NATO radar in the country, pro-Erdoğan daily Yeni Şafak claimed.

The AN-TPY-2 type radar was set up in 2012 at the military base in Kürecik, Malatya, in the Eastern Turkey, to protect NATO countries against Iranian and Russian ballistic missile threats, officials have said at the time.

Yeni Şafak, however, claimed the radar system “has been set up with the purpose of detecting any missile fired at Israel,” which is not a NATO member.

Israel has the same type of radar in service at the Nevatim Air Force Base in the Negev desert, in addition to its indigenous Green Pine radar system.

NATO officials have initially voiced concern over Turkey’s plans to buy S-400 missiles for the pact’s interoperability, that all military equipment should work seamlessly among the member states.

Despite Turkey’s assurances that, once delivered, Russian missile system will work independently from other NATO systems deployed in Turkey, U.S. is still concerned that Russians may obtain intelligence about F-35 if both systems were operated by Turkey.