Turkey Agrees to Host US Missile Defense Radar

The State Department last week announced that Turkey will host a ballistic missile defense radar in support of NATO’s efforts to defend its European member states from attack. “The United States welcomes Turkey’s decision,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland in a Sept. 2 release. Stars and Stripes reported that the United States hopes to set up the AN/TPY-2 transportable X-band phased-array surveillance radar at an undisclosed Turkish military site by year’s end. The radar will link to Navy’s BMD-capable Aegis ships that will operate in the Mediterranean Sea as part of the US Phased Adaptive Approach BMD architecture that will help protect Europe. Both Poland and Romania already have agreed to host US missile interceptor sites later this decade as part of the PAA. (See also NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s statement.)