x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Nato to start surveying sites for Patriot missiles, says Turkey

Turkey's military said a delegation of Turkish and Nato officials will start surveying sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on Turkey's border with Syria.

ANKARA // Turkey's military said a delegation of Turkish and Nato officials will start surveying sites for the possible deployment of Patriot missiles on Turkey's border with Syria.

Syria is believed to have several hundred ballistic surface-to-surface missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads and Turkey, a Nato member, fears a spillover of the civil war on its territory.

A military statement today read that the selected sites, the number of systems to be installed and the number personnel to be deployed would be worked out after the site surveillance, which starts tomorrow, is complete.

It said work toward linking the systems into Turkey's air defence network is continuing.

Germany, the Netherlands and the US have the advanced PAC-3 model Patriots that Turkey wants for intercepting ballistic missiles.