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3. ARMY / NATO / Kürecik Turkey

Last modified: 25 Mar 2021, submitted by: Joker

Country: United States    Region: Overseas

Locale: Kürecik

Latitude: 38° 20' 57" N     Longitude: 37° 47' 40" E

Area use / Military Branches: ACTIVE


38°20'58"N 37°47'41"E
Nato members agreed to a Ballistic Missile Defence system over Europe to protect against future Iranian ballistic missiles. A compromise not to pinpoint Iran was reached with Turkey, which had threatened to block the deal if its neighbour was named as a threat.

Under US plans, a system of US SM-3 missile interceptors and radars already planned for Europe – to include interceptors in Romania and Poland as well as the radar in Turkey – would be linked to expanded European-based missile defences. That would create a broad system protecting Western Europe against med-range missile attacks.

Turkey agreed to host the AN/TPY-2 X-band radar and later on the phased array AN/SPY-1D combined E-band, F-band, S-band and X-band radar in the framework of NATO missile defence architecture. The site is located at the installation in Kürecik which was used in the past for similar purposes. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, commander of US Armed Forces Europe, confirmed recently that this radar was online and ops.

NATO BMD build-up:
- Turkey hosts a US BMD radar at Kürecik;
- Romania hosts a US Aegis Ashore site at Deveselu Airbase
- Germany hosts the command centre at Ramstein Airbase;
- Poland hosts another US Aegis Ashore site at Redzikowo military base;
- Additionally, other NATO countries supply multi-mission BMD-capable Aegis ships

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