A key to joining NATO and to NATO being able to operate as a real alliance is that its equipment and systems are all compatable. If you look at all
the old Warsaw Pact nations they had to either get rid of all that Russian equipment or bring it up to NATO standards. A cheaper Chinese system that
may not be compatible with other NATO systems sets a bad presidence. I am suprised the Russians are not complaining considering that Turkey, Georgia
and Azerbaijan have their little anti Russia grouping. Poor Russia not only does it keep losing ground to the West but, China as well.
That might be the "official" reason why NATO and the US are pissed off, but that's not the real reason.
The real reason is American defence contractors just lost out on a multi-billion dollar program.
The reason they lost out, is because China was offering full tech transfer to Turkey. This is important because Turkey is trying to become completely
independent and self sufficient when it comes to it's armed forces. Turkey selecting a Chinese product with full tech transfer, that will aide Turkey
in it's other missile and rocket developments, is bad news for America because it is one more step for Turkey becoming independent from American
reliance. That's what the issue is.
On the other side of the Aegean, you have Greece who already operates a number of Russian systems.
From the Zubr, to the S300. The S300, and TorM1, both Russian, have been integrated into Greece's overall air defence network. Greece's air defence
network is linked up to NATO. What Greece sees, NATO sees. Part of Greece's air defence network includes Patriot's.
The Americans were not offering full tech transfer to Turkey. The Chinese were. That's why they chose the Chinese rip off of a Russian system.
It's the same reason they chose the Italian A-129 attack helicopter, and the Korea howitzer..because both offered full tech transfer. They could have
chosen more Super Cobras, or the newer Apache like Greece..but they went with the Italians because they offered them everything.
Even with their submarines, they are trying to do the same thing. They've chosen the German Type214, like Greece and South Korea. Except they've
managed to convince the Germans to allow them to install their own computer systems etc on board.
The question that Washington should be asking it self, is not simply why did our contractors lose out to the Chinese on this, but WHY Turkey is in
such a rush to remove it's reliance on Western partners and allies.
Partners and allies that have been very very generous to Turkey in terms of military trade.
Partners and allies that have been very very generous in turning a blind eye to Turkish violations of international laws, protocols and treaties.
Partners and allies that have invested in the Turkish economy and created several industries over night in Turkey, like auto manufacturing.
It's all happening under Erdogan an the Islamist AKP party.
Which is funded by Gulf Arab oil money. Supposedly Americas allies as well.
These guys are also pushing hard for an American attack on Syria and Iran. Why? Why don't they do it them selves?
What's really going on?
There's something off about the whole region these past ten or so years. And I mean more off then usual.