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article imageOp-Ed: NATO deploys Patriot missiles in Turkey

By Eliot Elwar     Jan 6, 2013 in World
NATO's "Patriot" mission along the Turkish-Syrian border has begun. Within the coming days more NATO forces will arrive to conduct likely operations against Syria and Iran. The Patriot systems should provide adequate defense in Turkey.
In early January 2013, NATO troops arrived in Turkey to man Patriot missile defense batteries near the Syrian border. The move was made after Syria launched Scud missiles at cities near the Turkish border. In response, America, Germany, and the Netherlands began deploying Patriot air defense missiles to the border region to intercept any Syrian ballistic missiles. The missiles and troops are under the control of NATO, but the missiles are to be operated by American forces, according to CNN news. The troops planned to survey the site where the system will be to be installed, according to UPI news.
The Dutch Patriot batteries will leave for Turkey soon. Patriot missile defense systems would depart from the Netherlands for Turkey in preparation for likely NATO operations against Syria. A delegation comprised of Dutch and German military personnel would leave for Turkey soon to make necessary preparations. Many Dutch soldiers who would use batteries were expected to leave for Turkey by late January, according to World Bulletin news.
The Patriot air defense system was designed to provide defense of critical assets and maneuver forces belonging to the corps and to echelons above corps against aircraft, cruise missiles, and tactical ballistic missiles. The Patriot system is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Patriot system is produced by Raytheon in Massachusetts and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Florida, according to Army-Technology news.
Patriot air defense systems are in operational service in America, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and Turkey. Patriot missile systems were deployed by American forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The systems were stationed in Kuwait and successfully destroyed a number of hostile surface-to-surface missiles using the new PAC-3 and guidance enhanced missiles, according to Army-Technology news. When NATO combat operations begin on Syria and Iran, the Patriot missile system should provide good air defense for NATO forces operating in Turkey and elsewhere throughout the Mideast.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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