Turkish “iron dome” missile defence proposed

A plan to create a missile defence system in Turkey’s southeast has been proposed at Turkey’s top defence procurement panel, Burak Ege Bekdil reports for the Defense News website. The project bears similarities to Israel’s “Iron Dome” system

The defence system, to be called “Golden Cage”, is designed to shoot down enemy rockets and missiles at short range using short-range radars and a self-propelled air-defence gun system.

It has been proposed to cover the Turkish border cities of Hatay and Kilis, which have been subject to rocket attacks from across the border in Syria throughout the course of the Syrian civil war.

Several lethal cross-border rocket attacks have been reported since Turkey launched an incursion into Syria, dubbed “Operation Olive Branch”, on Jan. 20.

The project bears similarities to Israel’s “Iron Dome” system, which was implemented to defend against frequent missile attacks from enemy forces in Lebanon and Gaza.

The Turkish project was presented to the Undersecretary for Defence Industries (SSM), Turkey’s highest-level defence procurement panel, which has reportedly reviewed 55 programs “with a view to adding indigenous projects to the existing portfolio”.

This latest meeting was the first since full control of the SSM was handed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by a state of emergency decree law last December.