Turkey to receive Patriot surface-to-air missile systems from the Pentagon
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a decree of deployment of Patriot surface-to-air missile systems on the Turkish-Syrian border. According to the document, the mission to be held under the auspices of NATO will be attended by up to 400 U.S. military personnel.
Turkey will receive six complexes: two from each the United States, the Netherlands and Germany. All the air-defense missiles will be under NATO command. The Patriots will be on alert at the end of January 2013.
The Alliance decided to give Ankara Patriot missile systems on December 4. Turkey made an official request for them at the end of November. Patriot surface-to-air missile systems will be redeployed to the south of Turkey from the Netherlands and Germany. Specialists from the U.S. will be entrusted to serve the complexes; 400 militaries from Germany and 360 from the Netherlands will also be involved.