Turkey’s US$4 billion order for a Chinese missile defense system is a breakthrough for China in its bid to become a supplier of advanced weapons, even though opposition from Washington and NATO threatens to derail the deal, Reuters reported Wednesday. China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp’s winning bid to deliver its FD-2000 air defense missile system in a joint production agreement with Turkey is the first time a Chinese supplier has won a major order for state-of-the-art equipment from a NATO member, the report said. The manufacturer is under US sanctions for dealings with Iran, North Korea and Syria. Ankara could call off the air defense deal under pressure, but some Chinese and foreign commentators said Turkey’s willingness to choose the FD-2000 over established rivals confirms the rapid technical improvement and competitiveness of China’s missile and aerospace sector, it said.
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