Turkey has commissioned NATO radar
The radar early warning of missile attack, which is part of the NATO missile defense in Europe and located in Turkey, was put into operation, CNN reported quoting a representative of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Earlier, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported with reference to its sources that the radar station in the district Kyuredzhik of Malatya Province in southeastern Turkey was put into operation on the 1st of January. According to the newspaper, the military personnel the U.S. Armed Forces provide the operation of radar stations, since Turkey has no specialists capable of working on radar systems AN/TPY-2, prodiced by U.S. company Raytheon. In Malatya, the second field army deployed armed forces, there is also operational and tactical air force base.
Memorandum on the stationing of NATO radar defense system at Turkish territory was signed in Ankara in mid-September 2011. Document was signed by First Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey Feridun Sinirlioglu and U.S. Ambassador to Ankara Francis Richardone.
As previously reported by the Turkish press, of the four options for a possible deployment of a radar-based analysis of satellite images and criterias of "instant viewing" Eastern Turkey from warships (U.S.) in the Mediterranean site they chose a place near the city of Malatya, administrative center of the homonymous province.
According to Turkish media, the radar will be controlled from the operation centers in Germany. Turkish military personnel under the command of General will be represented in command of the operation control center. The data obtained by the radar, as noted, will be sent to the Turkish authorities.
Previously it was assumed that they would organize the work of the radar in the test mode by mid-December 2011.
The Foreign Ministry of Turkey after signing the memorandum issued a statement saying that "the final decision on the deployment of early warning radar at the military facility in the county Kyuredzhik will be taken at the end of searching operations in the locality and compliance with relevant legal procedures", RIA Novosti reported.